From Library Journal The literature of the past few years has seen a growth of interest in the social aspects of landscape and garden architecture quite apart from its botanical and artistic ends. This current study, enlivened by anecdotes and personalities, offers a view of life outside the restrictions of the court: political, social, and amatory, in Arcadian villas and miniature farms, at outdoor concerts and open air banquets. Designed by the outstanding artisans of the time, these pavilions often influenced the style of more conventional buildings, and those few that remain are well worth preserving as a reminder of an elegant but doomed era. The work offers a look at Marie Antoinette at Versailles, Madame Du Barry at Louveciennes, as well as 'Chinese' baths, 'Egyptian' tombs, and the French role in the American Revolution?an interesting sidelight is the description of a structure built at West Point to celebrate the birth of the dauphin in 1781. Visually pleasing and elegantly written, the book should prove of interest to a wide variety of readers.?Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum of Art Lib., New YorkCopyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more
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