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Villa Tatti: photos, description (Villa I Tatti)

Villa Tatti in which the Harvard center for the study of the Italian Renaissance - a historic building located on the border of Florence and Fiesole, surrounded by olive groves and vineyards. For almost 60 years he lived in the Villa of Bernard Berenson, a connoisseur of the Italian Renaissance, gathered an impressive art collection, which is now kept in the Villa along with exhibits of Chinese and Islamic art, as well as a library of 140 thousand volumes, and 250 thousand photos.

Berenson and his wife in 1907, the year bought a Villa And Tatti 17th century the heirs English expatriate John temple Leader. From 1907 to 1915, the building was rebuilt in the style of Renaissance villas by the architect Geoffrey Scott, the garden was decorated in the English style, then still a young and inexperienced architect Cecil Pinsent. After Berenson's death in 1959, the year his estate together with the art collection and library were bequeathed to Harvard University.

Villa Tatti is located in a fabulous location: rocky hills behind it preserved the traces of the quarries that supplied the material Florence of the Renaissance. The nearby town of Settignano was home to the sculptor Desiderio da Settignano and the young Michelangelo, who spent his childhood in the family Villa. Here is the great Boccaccio took refuge during the plague and wrote the legendary "the Decameron". At the end of the 19th century the above-mentioned temple Leader put pitted with quarries of the hills with cypress trees, giving them a woody appearance.

Berenson himself described the Villa Tatti as a library with an attached house" - library spaces have been added to the Villa in 1909, 1915, 1923 and 1948, and in 1985 year, the heritage Berenson was doubled when one of the former farm buildings was opened an extra section - the Library of Paul Geer. Today it contains one of the world's largest collections of books and documents devoted to the culture of the Mediterranean, primarily art and archaeology. There are exhibits of Chinese, Indian and middle Eastern art. The Berenson photo archive with 250 thousands of photos organized according to the original scheme designed by the Creator - Florence, Siena, Central Italy, Northern Italy, Lombardy, Venice, southern Italy. In addition, the Villa houses a collection of paintings of the late middle Ages and the Italian Renaissance - a total of about a hundred works and a small collection of paintings from China, Japan, Tibet, Thailand, Java, Cambodia and Burma.