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Lago di Como, Villa Carlotta - Giardino

 
Accession number AR.EP.PC.0569
Creator
Places
Villa Carlotta (Como [Italy])
Lake Como [Lago di Como] (Italy)
Italy
Measurements
3.5 x 5.5 inches
Materials/Techniques
colorized photograph
Work types
postcard

Description

TRANSCRIPTION

Lago di Como - Villa Carlotta - Giardino

22785 Edit. Brunner & C. - Como

NOTE

Milan. July 28. Dear friend, We are having a beautiful time here. Some friends took us to Lake Como last Sunday in their car & we dined at the famous & lovely Hotel – Villa d’Este. It is a real fairy land about the Italian Lakes. I was taken to Pavia & Certosa today. A grand auto trip & so full of interest to me that have read of the Visconte & Sforzas.

EXHIBITION

Transplanting the Renaissance: Italian Villa Gardens in America, 1900-1940
May-August 2018

Popular texts and images provide a window into how Americans perceived Italian gardens, as well as their understanding of the gardens’ histories. Italian gardens represented a past rooted in both the classical Roman world and the Italian Renaissance and demonstrated the principles of order, balance, and design associated with those periods. This past was not completely timeless, however: the Italian gardens showed their age through decay and overgrowth which, though romanticized, was not often imitated in American garden recreations.

Postcards allowed people to jot down their thoughts in the moment, providing context for the accompanying image. These cards from the Lake Como region demonstrate how tourists experienced Italian “garden-magic” firsthand. One writer (above) refers to the area as a “fairy land,” made more meaningful by her familiarity with its history, while another elegantly describes the cypresses, urns, and small walks of the Villa d’Este garden.

Collection

Ephemera Collection
 

Repository

Dumbarton Oaks Archives, 054.SUZ.02.PCbox.094
Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC
Accession number AR.EP.PC.0569
Creator
Places
Villa Carlotta (Como [Italy])
Lake Como [Lago di Como] (Italy)
Italy
Measurements
3.5 x 5.5 inches
Materials/Techniques
colorized photograph
Work types
postcard

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