The magnificent gardens of Villa Lante are perhaps one of the most pristinely preserved examples of Renaissance landscapes in existence today.
The lush and vibrant locale is best described as a water garden, not just by definition but by sheer elemental subtext. Gurgling fountains, novel irrigations, and impressive pieces of water-based design populate the gardens, with the crown jewel being the massive stone table in the centre of the garden, steeped in history.
That history stretches back to 1564, when Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola designed and began construction on the site, but died before the gardens were complete. Not until 1587 were they completed by Cardinal Alessandro Montalto.
The design of the gardens is as unique as their history – they step down in terraces, all connected by fountains that flow into one another. But these fountains are not the gaudy displays of rushing water spraying through the air associated with modern fountains. Instead, the sights and sounds of peaceful trickling inhabit the entire area, from top to bottom.
The gardens are defined by a combination of breathtaking architecture and pleasant open spaces. But the massive stone dining table has remained the most impressive and attractive part of the garden for centuries.
A trough of water runs through the centre of the table, meant to chill wine for the Cardinal and his guests, and it's a feature that seems inspiring and novel even to this day. Century after century, events were set against these lavish gardens and dinner parties enjoyed conversation surrounded by torchlight and water, right there at the stone table.
In 1944 the gardens and casini were heavily damaged by Allied bombing after the fall of Rome. In the late 20th century the Villa was acquired by Dr. Angelo Cantoni, who completed a long program of restoration. It is now part of the Grandi Giardini Italiani.
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Giustiniani (3378) 2014-06-17 7:31
excellent choix du point de vue. L’œil court au ras du bassin jusqu'à cette belle balustrade et ce joli ciel, c'est superbe. J'aime beaucoup la lumière, les couleurs, la pierre du bassin... Une photo superbe qui restitue intacte la beauté de ces merveilleux jardins italiens. Bravo et merci pour le partage.
photoray (12669) 2014-06-17 7:34
Your camera position lengthens the attractive fountain and up close view of the stone textures (marble?), enhanced by the trim landscaping, and open blue background.
The Getty Villa here recreates Italian art and gardens and there are some fabulous outdoor fountains there, located in Los Angeles County near Malibu.
Thanks for sharing,
dkmurphys (50144) 2014-06-17 7:48
Superb POV, a true artistic capture of this lovely garden. I like the colors and the high quality. Well done!
emka (80772) 2014-06-17 14:02
Hello Rosemary, i like visiting all parks and gardens. Beautiful view here. Nice the stone here with many patches of different colours. Superb perspective, nice colours. Beautifuil example of the Italian Renaissance garden.
WArm regrads MAlgo
carlo62 (34356) 2014-06-17 14:38
abbiamo troppe cose in Italia, è impossibile conoscerle tutte, questa io non la conoscevo....
Bella foto e bella nota, tutto molto interessante e piacevole, a questo punto devo farmi un giro turistico anche io.
jcpix (13700) 2014-06-17 20:05
Love the title for this one, and the detailed notes to accompany both it, and the image. What an amazingly beautiful and well thought out plan...that being the gardens themselves, and your composition. :) A super converging perspective takes us on a fun and colorful trip into the distance. Looks like an ideal place with many purposes, but I think I might enjoy doing nothing at all, simply sitting by and soaking up the sights and sounds of quiet solitude. Ahhhhh! Enjoy the new day. All the best.
Hope you're weathering the World Cup storm at home. :)
jjcordier (76876) 2014-06-17 23:20
Il me semble que le cadrage vertical est plus adapté pour mettre en valeur cette pièce d'eau originale.
Silvio1953 (124475) 2014-06-18 0:46
Ciao Rosemary, bella prospettiva su un luogo fantastico, bellissimi gli alberi, splendida luce e magnifici colori, brava, ciao Silvio
Mics (717) 2014-06-18 1:04
Your composition and POV really made this a spectacular shot. Beautiful!
Nicou (124093) 2014-06-18 1:29
quelle iamge et compo sueprbe quel rendu sur la pierre et ce bassin tout allongée avec les reflets sur le plan d'eau sueprbe compo.
Bravo et amitié
trevormoffiet (3112) 2014-06-18 2:55
A very thoughtful perspective composition to show off this stone table and surrounding garden. I looks like the stone has been encrusted with lichen at some stage. I like the touch of golden colour and reflections in the water.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-06-18 4:18
top marks for composition here, it is a stunning and enticing POV. Who could resist an amble around these amazing and historical gardens. Captured and presented imaginatively.
npecanhuk (66804) 2014-06-19 9:49
Very beautiful place!
Very attractive picture too!
Special regards to the exposure, colors, chosen pov and symmetrical composition!
TFS - congrats,
chrislo (4155) 2014-06-20 10:27
This looks to be a very charming and photogenic place. I like how your composition makes good use of the strong perspective lines. The lichen covered stone table and the carefully clipped hedges sweep the eye up to the balustrade adorned with vases. Lovely light and nice saturated colours, perfect exposure and excellent details in this very well composed shot.
jemaflor (85968) 2014-06-20 23:51
great depth effect with this FG and the perspective, well managed and presented, tfs.
delpeoples (53411) 2014-06-22 5:09
Ciao cara Rosemary
Aren't the Italian gardens impressive? They were something I never noticed when I was younger and took for granted. I only got to appreciate their artistry and creativity until very recently. Your photo shows these attributes beautifully. The low POV is superb, as is the use of the wide angle lens and the wonderful definition. You have handled the dappled light exquisitely and have used it to create an atmosphere of tranquillity, coolness and elegance. A magnificent photo of a magnificent place.
Thanks for sharing, enjoy your Sunday
- Copyright: Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) (31611)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-05-14
- Categories: Nature, Architecture, Artwork
- Exposure: f/18.0, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-06-17 7:20