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Hortus Conclusus
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Hortus conclusus soror mea, sponsa, hortus
conclusus, fons signatus. (A garden enclosed is my
sister, my spouse; a garden enclosed, a fountain
sealed up.)

~ Song of Songs (or Song of Solomon) 4:12, Bible
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Jaipur (India), 1990
Charles Correa, Jawanal Kala Kendar
-sketches-
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Jaipur (India), 1990
Charles Correa, Jawanal Kala Kendar
-collages-
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Jaipur (India), 1990
Charles Correa, Jawanal Kala Kendar
-sketch-
ca. 1410
Unknown Author (German Master),
The Garden of Eden
In Western iconography the image of the garden
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has been shaped and defined by the Biblical story
of Adam and Eve, the original sinners thrown out
of their paradise for tasting the forbidden fruit,
and cast into the wilderness.
It is surprising, however, how little description the
Book of Genesis gives of the original garden:
The Lord God planted a garden in Eden, away
to the East, and there he put the man whom he
had formed.
The Lord God made trees spring from the ground,
all trees pleasant to look at and good for food; and
in the middle of the garden he set the tree of life
and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
There was a river flowing from Eden to water the
garden.
Thanx to Daniele Mancini for the link:
http://exhibitiondesignlab.tumblr.com/
Convent of San Marco, Florence, 1140/1450
Fra Angelico, The Annunciation
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1929
Paul Nash, Landscape at Iden
The term hortus conclusus is derived from the
Vulgate Bible's Canticle of Canticles (also called
the Song of Songs or Song of Solomon) 4:12, in
Latin: "Hortus conclusus soror mea, sponsa, hortus
conclusus, fons signatus." ("A garden enclosed is
my sister, my spouse; a garden enclosed, a
fountain sealed up.")
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1913/1914
Stanley Spencer, Zacharias and
Elizabeth
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Venice, 2008
Gruppo A12, Deep Garden Installation
-collage-
Thanx to Daniele Mancini for publishing the image
on-line: http://exhibitiondesignlab.tumblr.com/
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ca. 1500
Unknown Author, Hunt of the Unicorn
Annunciation
-From: Netherlandish Book of Hours-
Christian tradition states that Jesus Christ was
conceived to Mary miraculously and without
disrupting her virginity by the Holy Spirit, the third
person of the Holy Trinity. As such, Mary in late
medieval and Renaissance art, illustrating the
long-held doctrine of the Perpetual virginity of
Mary, as well as the Immaculate Conception, was
shown in or near a walled garden or yard.
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This was a representation of her "closed off"
womb, which was to remain untouched, and also
of her being protected, as by a wall, from sin. In
the Grimani Breviary, scrolling labels identify the
emblemmatic objects betokening the Immaculate
Conception: the enclosed garden (hortus
conclusus), the tall cedar (cedrus exalta), the well
of living waters (puteus aquarum viventium), the
olive tree (oliva speciosa), the fountain in the
garden (fons hortorum), the rosebush (plantatio
rosae). Not all actual medieval horti conclusi even
strove to include all these details, the olive tree in
particular being insufficiently hardy for northern
European gardens.
Cologne, ca. 1430
Unknown Author (Cologne Master),
Virgin and Child with saints and donor
family
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1999
Wolfgang Tillmans, Lily & Oak
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ca. 1485
Sandro Botticelli, Madonna Bardi
Thanx to Antonio De Crescenzo for completing his
work (the key quote from the Bible on the
"enclosed gardens") with the image of his most
preferred rapresentation of it (well, Botticelli
always spacca).
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1960
Kisho Kurokawa, Agricultural City Plan
Natural growth of the agricultural city is provided
by a grid system of streets containing the utility
pipes underneath.While each of the square units
composed of several households is autonomous,
linking these units together creates a village.The
living units multiply spontaneously without any
hierarchy, gradually bringing the village into being
as the traditional rural settlement has developed
throughout Japanese history.
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1960
Kisho Kurokawa, Agricultural City Plan
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1960
Kisho Kurokawa, Agricultural City Plan