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Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden


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Vanessa Remington
With contributions from Sally Goodsir
Foreword by Sir Roy Strong

ISBN 978 1 909741 08 9
Hardback, 312 pages, 290 x 275 mm, over 300 colour illustrations

Gardens are where man and nature meet. They change by the hour, day to day, and with the seasons. They carry associations about the status, approach to life, and sometimes even the political affiliations of their creators. Gardens may be intended for public enjoyment or private delight; they may be open to the masses or closed to all but a chosen few. They can be places of scientific study; havens for the solitary thinker; or spaces for flirtation and for love.

Presented with its many faces, artists have looked at the garden in different ways, extracting and emphasising those facets unique to their culture and era. At the same time, individual elements drawn from the garden, whether architectural or botanical, have at certain periods come to the fore and taken their place in the decorative arts of Western Europe. This book explores the way in which the garden has inspired artists and craftsmen from 1500 to the early twentieth century.

Vanessa Remington is Senior Curator of Paintings, Royal Collection Trust. She has published on various aspects of the Royal Collection, specialising in portrait miniatures. Her previous publications include Victorian Miniatures in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen (2010) and, most recently she contributed to The First Georgians: Art & Monarchy 1714–1760 (2014).

Sally Goodsir is Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts, Royal Collection Trust. She has a Master’s degree in History of Art from the University of York and in Art, Museum and Gallery Studies from the University of Leicester.

Sir Roy Strong is an historian, writer and broadcaster. Formerly Director of the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum, he has written extensively on history, culture and garden design.

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