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Cernobbio, Villa d'Este - Il Mosaico

 
Accession number AR.EP.PC.0579
Creator
Places
Cernobbio (Italy)
Lake Como [Lago di Como] (Italy)
Italy
Date
c. 1924
Measurements
3.5 x 5.5 inches
Materials/Techniques
colorized photograph
Work types
postcard

Description

TRANSCRIPTION

Cernobbio - Villa d'Este - Il Mosaico [the mosaic].

Cesare Capello Milano

POSTAGE

60 centesimi Poste Italiane stamp

Postmarked 19 August 1924

Addressed to Port Chester, NY

NOTE

Aug 18. Dear ones – we are raving mad about this place. We don’t care for pictures or churches but love the scenery & restfulness & beautiful climate of Italy. The Lido also was the life for yours truly, such girls & such forms & nothing hidden. Were you not here? Susan & Jim enjoy it too.

EXHIBITION

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

Popular texts and images provide a window into how Americans perceived Italian gardens, as well as their understanding of the gardens’ histories. Italian gardens represented a past rooted in both the classical Roman world and the Italian Renaissance and demonstrated the principles of order, balance, and design associated with those periods. This past was not completely timeless, however: the Italian gardens showed their age through decay and overgrowth which, though romanticized, was not often imitated in American garden recreations.

Postcards allowed people to jot down their thoughts in the moment, providing context for the accompanying image. These cards from the Lake Como region demonstrate how tourists experienced Italian “garden-magic” firsthand. One writer refers to the area as a “fairy land,” made more meaningful by her familiarity with its history, while another elegantly describes the cypresses, urns, and small walks of the Villa d’Este garden.

Collection

Ephemera Collection
 

Repository

Dumbarton Oaks Archives, 054.SUZ.02.PCbox.094
Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC
Accession number AR.EP.PC.0579
Creator
Places
Cernobbio (Italy)
Lake Como [Lago di Como] (Italy)
Italy
Date
c. 1924
Measurements
3.5 x 5.5 inches
Materials/Techniques
colorized photograph
Work types
postcard

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