A History of Italian Furniture from the Fourteenth to the Early Nineteenth Centuries Volume 1
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...in the River Po. Though demolished by Pope Clement VIII, the fame of this enchanting pleasure house still lives in the "Orlando Furioso." In Alfonzo's and Lucrezia's day "A flight of marble stairs led from the water's edge to a 'For the transport of the wedding outfit that Lucrezia Borgia received from her father more than a hundred mule teams were required. ITALIAN FURNITURE court turfed with the finest grass, surrounded by cut box hedges, with a superb fountain in the centre. Facing the grassy court stood the villa, an imposing building with porticos and colonnades flanked by lofty towers. Within, a marble atrium, painted by Dossi with cupids and nymphs, opened into salons decorated with frescos or hung with tapestries. On the other side of the house, between the Duke's private rooms and the Chapel, was the 'Giardino Segreto, ' a sunk parterre, with the usual low box hedges, where rare flowers and fruits were cultivated and the water of countless jets d'eau splashed into marble basins supported by putti and dolphins. Beyond this was a menagerie filled with elephants, ostriches, and other rare animals, and orchards and ilex woods growing down to the riverside." 1 The golden days of Urbino were too soon over. When the ambitions of Leo X found partial satisfaction in establishing his nephew on the ducal throne (1516), the rightful rulers went into exile and with them that polished school for manners and aesthetics so pleasantly pictured by Castiglione in his "Book of the Courtier." Guidobaldo and his gracious duchess Elizabetta had been forced to flee in 1502 before that greatest of Renaissance tyrants, Caesar Borgia, but after his fall they returned from their...
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