At a Glance
The garden. It can be perceived as a small part of the world, or as a world onto itself — a microcosm full of life and a complete work of art in and of itself. From the colors of flowers and their sweet scent to birdsong and soft breezes, a garden appeals to all of our senses. In a state of continual transformation, it cannot be captured in a single instance. In this lecture series, we invite you on an imaginary stroll through gardens as they have been represented in art. You’ll be led through a creative landscape that covers many historic, religious and artistic periods. Although this lecture stands independently, you will find all three parts of the series enjoyable and informative. In part three, explore the 19th century creation and popularity of public parks and gardens, at a time when previously unknown botanical species from Asia, Africa and South America were introduced. Historically, this is a period of great social change and innovation in the arts. Discover the Impressionists and their interest in color, outdoor effects and daily life, through Post-impressionism as you trace the emergence of the modern garden. Study the creations of artist-gardeners from Monet’s Giverny to works by Sorolla and more.