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THE GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS: MEDIEVAL GARDENS AND THEIR MEANINGS / PARADISE LOST

The garden in medieval Europe was more than just a space where nature was cultivated and enjoyed. It was a cultural concept that existed as powerfully in the mind as it did in reality; a potent allegory for contemporary ideas about good and evil, filtered through a Christian consciousness. This course of 5 lectures explores the complex and sometimes contradictory range of meanings carried by the garden in medieval thinking. Sources are drawn from a wide range of medieval and early Renaissance imagery and include expressionistic Romanesque sculpture, exquisite illustrated manuscripts, glowing stained glass, sumptuous panel paintings and tapestries, backed up by references to contemporary music and poetry and a fledgling theatrical tradition.


PARADISE LOST

Christian history starts in a garden and our first lecture explores the religiousconnotations of the garden as a little bit of heaven on earth. The Garden of Eden represented Paradise, a place of innocence and perfection, but it was also the site of original sin and mankind’s fall from grace – a tension that was not lost on medieval image-makers.


Speaker(s):

Mrs Nicola Lowe | talks

 

Date and Time:

11 October 2012 at 10:45 am

Duration:

Half Day

 

Venue:

The University Women's Club
2 Audley Square
London
W1K 1DB


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Tickets:

£42

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