|Villa Lante by night , F. Pignatale|
Here is a sneak preview of my newest book Etruria Storie e Segreti, with photos from two of the contributors: Francesco Pignatale and John Ferro Sims. Thanks to Francesco's night time photos we get a rare peek inside one of the palazzine of the Villa which is furnished with antiques and has frescoed rooms and ceilings.
|elegant interiors of Palazzina Gambara , Villa Lante|
Villa Lante boasts twin palaces, magnificent fountains, extensive gardens and woodlands where once worldly young cardinals enjoyed gelato, doused visitors with trick fountains and used trained dogs to hunt wild fowl in the park.
|fountain of the 4 Moors, Villa Lante|
|mossy fountain figure at Villa Lante by English photographer John Ferro Sims|
Izumi Otsuki Steingraber, who also contributed to Etruria Storie e Segreti tells how the young Japanese princes who visited here in 1575 were shocked by this style of hunting.
The manicured gardens of Villa Lante are a perfect place for a Sunday walk, especially in summer, even more so during one of the rare evening openings. And if you choose to visit on a cold January day you might find the boxwood borders covered with frost, like frosting on a cake.
One of the artists who worked on the villa's frescoes was Agostino Tassi, the lover and husband of Artemesia Gentileschi. Their fiery relationship has been preserved by judicial reports dating from 1612 and make interesting reading even now, 400 years later.
To find out more about Villa Lante and Artemesia Gentileschi check out Alexandra Lapierre’s biography Artemisa , the story of a battle for greatness. Signed copies of Etruria Storie e Segreti can be ordered directly from my website here.
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