Giorgio Vasari

Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court at NGV

Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court at NGV

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Carolyn McDowall reviews the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court, Museo del Prado on show now, National Gallery Victoria

Cornucopia

Cornucopia

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At the Medici villa at Castello near Florence, the garden was described by painter, writer, historian and architect Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574) as the ‘most rich, magnificent and ornamental garden in Europe’. The allegorical scheme was expressed by the use of statues. Its magnificence was expressed through the introduction of ingenious…