In Miami Fabulous Vizcaya

 
Accession number AR.EP.BR.0653
Creator
Places
Miami (Florida [United States])
Florida (United States)
United States
Date
c.1950
Measurements
9 x 16 inches
Materials/Techniques
black & white photograph, text
Work types
brochure

Description

TRANSCRIPTION

In Miami fabulous Vizcaya, house and gardens of the late James Deering

Vizcaya / Dade County / Art Museum

Unique in America

To enter Vizcaya is to be captured by the spell of Europe. A magnificent Italian palace in a superb tropical setting, it leads us into an enchanted world through its sumptuously furnished rooms, the splendid vistas of its formal gardens and the music of its splashing fountains. It is not only a great treasure house of the decorative arts of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, but an imaginative re-creation of a place and time that will enchant the visitor who lingers in its rooms or wanders along its garden and forest paths.

Photographs by Richard B. Hoit and City of Miami News Bureau

EXHIBITION

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

As Italian-style gardens spread across the country, they also crossed many social boundaries. Italianate gardens became common in small homes and public parks, and even larger private estates became more accessible to visitors. As their scope grew, so did the variety of stylistic interpretation: native plants and modern aesthetics were often incorporated. A style once reserved for the Renaissance elite became more democratic and at times resembled something much more American than Italian.

Villa Vizcaya was constructed between 1914 and 1923 in Florida as the vacation home of James Deering. The garden’s layout and architecture are very distinctively Italian, but the design also incorporates native plants. After Deering’s death, the villa was bought by Dade County and opened as an art museum in 1953. The gardens, once private, were made available to the public and are still a major tourist destination.

Collection

Ephemera Collection
 

Repository

Dumbarton Oaks Archives, 054.SUZ.02.PCbox.095
Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC
Accession number AR.EP.BR.0653
Creator
Places
Miami (Florida [United States])
Florida (United States)
United States
Date
c.1950
Measurements
9 x 16 inches
Materials/Techniques
black & white photograph, text
Work types
brochure

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