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UK £29.95
Hardback with jacket
240 pages
200 colour illustrations
29 x 29 cm (11.5 x 11.5 in)
ISBN: 978-1-8589-4522-4
Not available in North America
Debra N. Mancoff

Rich in symbolism and metaphor, and blessed with its own varied and dramatic palette, the garden has proved to be an extremely fertile source of artistic inspiration. In The Garden in Art, acclaimed art historian Debra N. Mancoff reveals the many different ways in which artists from all periods of history – from ancient Egypt to the present day – have employed the motif of the garden. Featuring more than 200 illustrations of both renowned and lesser-known works, the book approaches its subject thematically, exploring such topics as working gardens, the garden through the seasons and artists’ gardens. Complete with a detailed timeline and a suggested list of gardens to visit, The Garden in Art is an absorbing and highly rewarding examination of the meaning and significance of the depiction of the garden.

A major new study of the garden in art, including works by such artists as Botticelli, Hiroshige, Monet, Van Gogh and many others
Extended captions provide detailed interpretations of each work, as well as insights into the artists’ sources of inspiration and principal themes
A delightful and beautifully illustrated book that will appeal to the armchair gardener and art lover alike


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Author Profile

Debra N. Mancoff is Adjunct Professor of Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her publications include Van Gogh’s Flowers (1999), Monet’s Garden in Art (2001) and Flora Symbolica: Flowers in Pre-Raphaelite Art (2003). She lectures regularly at many of the major museums in the United States and Great Britain.

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Merrell have done it again, creating a tome so beautiful and appealing that even if you have no interest whatsoever in the subject matter, as an artist you will want to own it … Not simply enticing because of the pictures – generously reproduced both in terms of size and clarity – but also because of how Debra N. Mancoff draws from such a variety of sources, in order to give a full account of how the garden has been depicted throughout the history of art … Mancoff writes with depth and enthusiasm on each image of the book

Artists and Illustrators

Brief, intelligent essays … an added bonus is the list of suggested artists' gardens to visit

Royal Academy magazine

Captivating and beautifully illustrated

Period Homes and Interiors

A delightful book, and the perfect read for someone who enjoys gardens or is an art lover

Period Living

For a gardener it is a joy … The intriguing part of this book is how you can see not just an unfurling of the history of garden painting, but also of gardens themselves

The Times

[Provides] huge inspiration … pure bliss

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