The architectural evolution of colonial residential villas: architectural particulars analyzed with vivid photographs.
[The colonial villa / Foreign dwellings in conquered lands] The villa, seen as an extraurban dwelling for vacations or the supervision of agricultural properties, rose as a typology in Italy toward the end of the 1400s. Over the following century it spread across Europe and then to the colonies. In each place it took on new, particular features and characteristics determined by local culture, art and construction techniques. This volume documents the encounter between the Italian and European villa and the artistic and architectural traditions of distant lands.
Ovidio Guaita retraces the architectural evolution of colonial homes, underlining the stylistic specificities added by the different European colonial powers. A wide, diversified overview of regions all over the world, with over 400 villas analyzed in terms of architecture and furnishings, thanks to spectacular photographs taken for this volume by Guaita.