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Print, Design for a Garden Parterre of Cut Grass and Colored Gravel, from Nouveaux Livre de Parterres (New Book of Garden Beds) from Oeuvres du Sr. Marot

This is a Print. It was designed by Daniel Marot. We acquired it in 1988. Its medium is etching on cream laid paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Following the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in France (1685) Daniel Marot fled to Holland, where he worked for William of Orange and his court. Marot produced extravagant designs for everything from beds, to curtains and mirrors. In his designs for gardens, Marot balanced a passion for ornament and order, as illustrated here with a semi-enclosed garden surrounded by a berceau or tunnel arcade. The grid-like structure of the parterres – delineated by straight paths and a square garden tunnel – owes much to tradition, reminiscent of French and Dutch Renaissance gardens, such as those depicted by Androuet du Cerceau in “The most Excellent Buildings of France” (1576-79). In contrast, Marot’s proposition for a swerving interior tunnel arcade is highly original, inspired by ornamental motifs and probably also by the gardens at Het Loo Palace. Adding innovation to a traditional scheme, Marot successfully combines old and new in a design already heralding the baroque creations of the 18th century.

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Print, Design for a Garden Parterre of Cut Grass and Colored Gravel, from Nouveaux Livre de Parterres (New Book of Garden Beds) from Oeuvres du Sr. Marot; Designed by Daniel Marot (French, active in the Netherlands and England, 1661–1752); France; etching on cream laid paper; 1988-4-17

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