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An information sign at the gardens reads as follows:
Italian Renaissance Garden
In the 15th and 16th Century the city-states
of Italy experienced an unprecedented flowering of arts and sciences, which
included the art of garden design and the science of horticulture. Powerful
families built magnificent gardens around their grand country villas as
symbols of their prestige. The garden was a place for entertaining and for
impressing guests with its grandeur.
Renaissance artists saw that the universe had an underlying order but they
also recognised the benefits of improving upon Nature's designs. Thus, their
gardens were representations of the cosmic order as well as laboratories for
horticultural science. They were laid out according to mathematical
principles and had a strong central axis, which was often shared with the
Sculpture in Renaissance gardens usually referred to classical myths and the
gardens were designed around regular, almost 'rhythmic' progressions of
elements. An example used here is the progression of water as it travels
from a bubbly grotto to a waterfall, to a fountain, until it finally settles
in reflecting ponds.
Image No. Ham-1
Italian Renaissance Garden at the Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton,
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Indian Char Bagh Garden