Friday October 30, 2020

Figures in a landscape

There has been art in the garden for as long as there have been gardens. The ancient Egyptians got the ball rolling, the Greeks followed suit, and the Romans went overboard.

15th September, 2012
Michael Smyth's terrier Wruff N Ready. Photo: Ros Drinkwater

There has been art in the garden for as long as there have been gardens. The ancient Egyptians got the ball rolling, the Greeks followed suit, and the Romans went overboard.

Rediscovered in the Renaissance, classical garden statuary took hold across Europe, and 18th-century Irish aristocrats came back from the Grand Tour with crates of the stuff. The 19th-century middle classes emulated what they saw on grand country estates, and the 20th century introduced a...

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