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Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) (43 BC-AD 17)

Metamorphoses d'Ovide en rondeaux imprimes et enrichis de figures par ordre de sa majesté ... 1676

RCIN 1050932

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Ovid’s Metamorphoses proved a particularly rich source of reference for motifs and ideas for the Renaissance garden. The transformations of the characters described in Ovid’s narrative took place against a contrived landscape setting. Although the text made no mention of the garden, these artificial landscapes were usually shown in contemporary illustrations as formal Italianate gardens, ornamented with statuary and topiary.