The Art of the Garden

Ref: C2224494

Gardens in history have not just been admired for themselves but have been a popular subject for painters. They have also been used to suggest all sorts of meanings, both in their design and in art. In this course we will look at examples of gardens and depictions of gardens and try to unravel some of their meanings, what depictions tell us of the way they were used and maintained and the way that different artist made the subject their own. The course will start with ideas of the medieval and early modern garden with its different symbols and meanings, then look at gardens which sought to dominate the landscape, or depict ideas of the wider world. We will also consider the hard work of the garden and seek out images of gardeners at work. By the nineteenth century there are masses of pictures of gardens and people using gardens and we will study examples of the Victorian and the Impressionist garden.

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