The eminent architectural historian James Ackerman, author of classic studies on Palladio and Michelangelo, discusses villa building in Western countries at various times and places from ancient Rome to twentieth-century France and America. Ackerman uses the phenomenon of the "country place" as a focus for examining not only the relationship between urban and rural life but also that between building and natural environment and between social, cultural, economic, and political forces and architectural design.
"To read this stimulating book is to meet an erudite scholar who has thought a great deal about the subject, and is willing to entertain, as well as inform, to patiently explain, as well as to make pronouncements."--Witold Rybczynski, The New York Review of Books
"Among the several histories of the country house published in 1990 this is easily the best. . . . Mr. Ackerman rightly places Palladio as the pivotal figure in this thoughtful, thought-provoking study of the villa from ancient Rome to the early 20th-century houses of Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier."--Martin Filler, The New York Times Book Review
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