Villa d’Este

In Tivoli


The magnificent Italian gardens and water features of the famous 16th-century villa in a spectacular photo book

This book is not yet published, but will be available from August 2024.

ISBN: 9788857247601 Category:

Andrea Bruciati


UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001, Villa d’Este is an Italian garden masterpiece with an outstanding array of fountains, nymphaea, grottoes, water features and sound effects.

Following the disappointment for not having been elected Pope, Cardinal Ippolito II d’Este in this villa revived the splendour of the courts of Ferrara, Rome and Fontainebleau, echoing the magnificence of Villa Adriana.

Governor of Tivoli from 1550, the Cardinal immediately envisioned the creation of a garden on the slopes of the valley known as Valle Gaudente. But it was only after 1560 that the Villa’s architectural and iconological programme was defined by painter-archaeologist-architect Pirro Ligorio and executed by court architect Alberto Galvani. The palace was decorated by the leading exponents of late Roman Mannerism.

When Ippolito d’Este died in 1572 the villa was almost completed. Further 17th-century interventions were followed by a period of decline, until Cardinal Gustav Adolf von Hohenlohe infused new life into the property also welcoming the musician Franz Liszt (1811-1886). Acquired by the Italian State, Villa d’Este was restored and opened to the public in the 1920s and 1930s.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 28 x 28 cm
Publisher name Skira Editore S.p.A
Publication date 27 August 2024
Number of pages 160
Format Hardback
Dimensions 28 x 28 cm
Weight 300 g


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Javier Molins is an independent curator. He has organised more than 30 exhibitions internationally, including exhibitions devoted to Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Tony Cragg, Jaume Plensa, Manolo Valdés, Julian Opie and Valerio Adami in Spain, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Belgium, Switzerland, Singapore and Dubai. In 2019, on the occasion of the 58th Venice Biennale, he curated a solo exhibition of Sean Scully at San Giorgio Maggiore. His expertise is called upon as an art critic by several Spanish media outlets. Molins has lectured at the Royal Academy of Arts of London and The Courtauld Institute of Arts. He lives and works in London.