Italian Villas and Their Gardens

Edith Wharton admired their faded beauty. The architect Charles Adams Platt photographed their ornament. Henry James wrote of them as ghosts of another age. The Italian villa and its garden is a masterpiece of architecture and horticulture developed over the centuries and richly represented in the books and drawings in the Redwood Library’s collections. This illustrated lecture explores the design and craftsmanship of Italian villas and their role as social and cultural centers where poets and playwrights mingled with patrons and powerbrokers. John Tschirch will share his own photographs of these architectural and landscape masterworks from his recent research and study sojourns in Italy. 

This four part series includes:

Wednesday, August 22: Rome Revived: The Villas of the Medici

Wednesday, August 29: Palladian Perfection: The Villas of the Veneto

Wednesday, September 5:  Baroque Masterworks: The Villas of the Lakes and Hills

Wednesday, September 12: Rococo Fantasies and Beyond: A Craze for Villa Holidays

The Lecturer

John Tschirch is an award winning architectural historian, writer and teacher specializing in the architectural and social evolution of houses and landscapes. His thirty-year career in historic preservation has brought him across the globe from English castles and Argentinian mansions to French chateaux. He is presently writing short stories and a historical fiction novel trilogy based in late 17th century France that is rich in the architecture, gardens, food and fashion of the period. 

 Tickets are $25 per lecture, or $75 for the series. Click Here to purchase tickets or call 401-847-0292. Wine and cheese will be served at 5:30 p.m. followed by the lecture 6:00 p.m.


This lecture series is generously sponsored by Jarzombek Family: Marianne, Mark and Michelle Drum.