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Katherine Coty

“Nel Cuore di Tufo: Landscape, Stone, and Regional Identity in Sixteenth-Century Tuscia”

Katherine Coty

University of Washington, Garden and Landscape Studies Junior Fellow

Coty’s dissertation research concerns the region of Tuscia, a rugged and volcanic territory in central Italy that produced three of the most celebrated gardens of the sixteenth-century: Villa Farnese in Caprarola, Villa Lante in Bagnaia, and the Sacro Bosco of Bomarzo. She proposes that these massive works, among others, were part of a growing awareness that the unique local topography was a key element in the construction of Tuscian identity, differentiating the territory and its inhabitants from its Tuscan, Umbrian, and Roman neighbors.

Katherine Coty is a doctoral candidate in art history at the University of Washington. She holds an MA in art history from the University of Washington, and a BA in art history and drama from Seattle University. Upcoming publications include “Nel Cuore di Tufo: Vernacular Landscape Architecture and the Genius Loci of Bomarzo,” in Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes, and “Memory, Materiality, and Myth: Etruscan Identity and the Landscape of Bomarzo,” in Creating a ‘Third Nature’: Gardens and Constructions of Landscape in the Italian Renaissance. Coty participated in the 2016 Dumbarton Oaks Graduate Landscape Workshop and has served as a board member for the Civita Institute, a research organization with roots in both Tuscia and the Pacific Northwest.