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THE GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS: MEDIEVAL GARDENS AND THEIR MEANINGS / CONSPICUOUS CONSUMPTION

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.


CONSPICUOUS CONSUMPTION

With an increasingly sophisticated merchant class, houses developed in ways that expressed the wealth and taste of their owners. The hunting forest on a country estate and the ‘herber’ attached to the town house, were essential
additions to the medieval chic address. Menageries, elaborate water features and the latest horticultural ideas were all on display. Our investigation this week
concentrates on the fabulous 15th century Devonshire Tapestries.


Speaker(s):

Mrs Nicola Lowe | talks

 

Date and Time:

8 November 2012 at 10:45 am

Duration:

Half Day

 

Venue:

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


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£42

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