*HORTUS CONCLUSUS

 The archetype of an enclosed garden

HORTUS protected the private precinct from intrusion, creating a protective barrier.

-bringing nature within its walls-

-First created out of practicality when man feared the wildness of the landscape-

-A common setting for images of the Virgin Mary in medieval artwork-

- The garden -

-As an enclosed space-

-Set apart-

- Infused with metaphorical meaning – 

-A representation of nature perfected through human art in the service of an ideal – 

 -A fundamental to our understanding of the history of landscape design

-L'orto botanico-

SYMBOLIC OF IMPENETRABILITY

 INVIOLABILITY 

SECLUSION,

METAPHOR OF THE HEAVENLY PARADISE 

 GARDEN OF EDEN

 AS THE SPACE CREATED IS LITERALLY FOCUSED INWARD 

Hortus Conclusus in the medieval age symbolic is the immaculate conception : the enclosed garden.

Hortus is the enclosed garden: the womb, the utero where all creation starts.

Sustainability is a conceptual virtuous circle, re-framing human activities towards the idea that life generates life.

Venice is a an enclosed ecosystem a womb as well, where man through centuries created and agregated themselves to become a figurative expression of spirituality.