Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden
This beautifully illustrated and highly readable catalogue for an exhibition at The Queen's Gallery, London in 2015 reveals the way in which gardens have been celebrated in art across four centuries.
For centuries, gardens have prompted reflection on the relationship between nature and man. They have also been considered representations of the divine, as in Flemish master Jan Brueghel’s famous Adam and Eve in the Garden of Paradise. By the sixteenth century, artists were also attempting to bring the garden indoors as a source of design elements in the decorative arts, from seventeenth-century Flemish Pergola tapestries to handcrafted flowers from the Russian House of Fabergé.
Painting Paradise brings together paintings, botanical studies, drawings, books, manuscripts and decorative arts, and explores the changing character of the garden from the 16th to the early 20th century. With over 300 colour illustrations, It includes works by Leonardo da Vinci, Maria Sibylla Merian and Carl Fabergé, and some of the earliest and rarest surviving depictions of gardens and plants.
The book will be of great interest to artists, art and design historians, and all who find inspiration in the beauty of the garden.
- Author: Vanessa Remington, Curator Paintings, the Royal Collection Trust
- Hardcover: 312 pages
- Date published: March 2015
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-190741089
- Product Dimensions: 29 x 27.5 x 3.6 cm
'doesn’t just tell the story of gardens through history. Instead, it presents a kaleidoscope of riches to dazzling effect, from early Persian miniatures, sweeping through the Italian Renaissance into wider Europe and the Baroque, on to the Landscape Movement and then to the collecting delights of the Victorian age and Edwardian grandeur' - Country Life
'There are so many treasures here..a rich mix that will delight anyone with an interest in the history of the garden' - The Good Book Guide
'An encyclopaedic survey of garden design from the Middle Ages to the 20th century... it includes a survey of royal gardens in this country within the larger context of the history of European gardens' - Daily Telegraph