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OSPFLOR 27: Gardens of Florence

This course will examine the cultural geography of Florence's social spaces as sites for the development of the personal, social, and political experiences of an Italian cultural identity. Focusing on literary forms, landscape art, and garden history primarily in Florence and its environs, we will consider the roles of landscape and garden design and the ways that these arts represent the cultural and social ideology of their times. Florence is the home to a range of magnificent gardens, including the Giardino Bardini, Giardino di Boboli, Giardino delle Rosa, and the Giardino di Villa Gamberaia. To understand fully Italy's historic gardens it is important to appreciate both the political and social aspirations of the garden makers. How is the reality of landscape design related to the imaginary structures of aesthetic sensibility? How do both real landscapes and imaginary forms interact with social structures and economic models? These are the kinds of questions that we will pose as we explore the gardens, country estates, and city gardens of Florence to understand both their formal structures and the social aesthetics of their eras. It will also introduce the work of "social geography," especially as it relates to the study of landscape design, gardens, and the social use of public spaces in the Florence and Italian context.
Terms: Spr | Units: 1-2
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