Raffaella Fabiani Giannetto

Raffaella Fabiani Giannetto is a garden historian and critic. Her scholarly research rests on three principal lines of inquiry: poiesis, historiography and reception, with a focus on early modern gardens and productive landscapes on both sides of the Atlantic.

Fabiani Giannetto is editor of The Culture of Cultivation: Recovering the Roots of Landscape Architecture (2020) and Foreign Trends in American Gardens: A History of Exchange, Adaptation, and Reception (2017). In 2010 she received the Society of Architectural Historians’ Elisabeth Blair MacDougall Book of the Year Award for her first monograph, Medici Gardens: From Making to Design (2008). In the book she questions the origin of a design process that is often taken for granted and casts doubt on the existence of the Italian garden as a timeless and consistent type, an issue which she continues to explore in her most recent manuscript, Georgic Grounds and Gardens from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic World. The latter examines the role of England in the transmission of villa culture between early modern Veneto and colonial America.

Fabiani Giannetto’s research has been supported by two fellowships at Dumbarton Oaks, the University Research Foundation at the University of Pennsylvania, the American Philosophical Society, the Mellon Foundation and, most recently, a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship awarded by the Folger Shakespeare Library. She has served as a member of the editorial board of the journal Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes and has lectured in Switzerland, Germany, Italy, England and the US.