rose gardens

“I entered into the garden … and when I was inside … 

I thought that I was in the earthly paradise… .

There was no paradise where existences was so good

as it was in that garden which so pleased me”


Guillame de Lorris, Romance of the Rose


Gardens were popular backdrops for Renaissance literature, from popular romances to philosophical treatises. Depicted in both gorgeously illuminated manuscripts and printed books, gardens held a special place in the Renaissance imagination. Read up on them in Bryan Keene’s Gardens of the Renaissance!