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Cecilia Burns
Cecilia Burns • 1 year ago

Castello, Florence, Gardens of the Villa Medici, 1538 - 92. Apennius, c.1550. Fountain of January by Bartolomeo Ammannati

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The Villa di Castello is one of the Medici villas near Florence, Tuscany, central Italy. Its ideal design appears in a lunette painted by Giusto Utens in 1599. The property was purchased by Lorenzo de'Medici in 1477 on the site of an existing building which he had rebuilt. In the villa he housed Sandro Botticelli's Renaissance masterpieces The Birth of Venus (Botticelli) and Primavera (painting).

Egyptian obelisk from Villa Medici in Rome, Boboli Gardens, Florence

Villa Medici garden, Rome. Photo courtesy of Warburg.

The Medici Villa Petraia, near Florence, laid out by Niccolò Tribolo, epitomizes the Italian garden of the early Renaissance, before the grander architectural schemes of the 16th century

garden at the Villa Medici la Petraia, Florence, 15th cent.

Garden of Catherine de Medici by Diana Sorela, via Flickr