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The Italian Renaissance was especially remarkable in two respects; first in the completeness with which it affected every kind of art, and second in the extraordinary versatility of the men which it produced. No one of the arts proves these characteristics better than the art of gardening. Within this province was developed a perfect type, and in the development such well-known artists as Vignola, Raphael, and Leonardo da Vinci took an honorable part. It is as if all art at that time had been merged into one. To be a painter was to be a gardener, an architect, and a sculptor.

Fortunately, at a time when there was such an abundance of artistic skill, there were also people who enjoyed art productions and who had the means to indulge in them.

Italy was in its glory. The papal lords and temporal princes knew no better way of displaying their love for luxury than by lavishing wealth upon their homes. The beautiful villas, where guests were sumptuously entertained, soon became known everywhere. Garden after garden was rebuilt until during the latter part of the 16th century the type became perfected.  

RECORDING, PRESERVING, REHABILITATING, RESTORING & CREATING LEGACY PROPERTIES AND CULTURAL LANDSCAPES INFORMED BY ART, HISTORY AND PLACE