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THE GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS: MEDIEVAL GARDENS AND THEIR MEANINGS / COME INTO THE GARDEN, MAUD

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.


COME INTO THE GARDEN, MAUD

The garden was an enclosed space surrounded by a wall that kept out animals and intruders alike - a safe, secluded haven where courtly lovers could meet for both licit and illicit exchanges. With reference to medieval poetry and romances such as the 13th century Roman de la Rose and the Carmina Burana, we see how the garden allegorised the process of courtship.


Speaker(s):

Mrs Nicola Lowe | talks

 

Date and Time:

25 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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