Ideally gardens are serene places, where beautiful nature is tended.
When the Italian Renaissance re-created classical times, huge country villas were built with amazing, geometrically planned gardens — hydraulic engineering feats, with surprise fountains, organs, grottoes and mazes. Gardens as works of art are epitomised in 17th century Versailles.
In Indian paintings love scenes take place in gardens, while in Christian art the Annunciation is often set in a garden, symbolising fruitfulness. Traditionally flowers represent Spring, or Hope, or, in Dutch painting, even human life itself.
Plant life is one of the keystones in art, whether in wood, metal, stone or painting. Celtic artifacts reveal this, and more recently, entwined foliage was the style of Art Nouveau.
This is an art education resource in e-book pdf format for schools, higher education, art classes and lifelong learning.
Contents: 41 pages, 30 paintings and teaching notes. See contents
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