It is next Tuesday 26th February at 6:30pm (the MFU website here). Details about the venue and other talks in the series are also here.
Katrina Grant | Gardens and Politics in the Early Modern Era
The way that nature has been shaped into landscapes and gardens has often been a political act that aimed to promote a personal or national identity. Gardens are symbols of a society’s attitude to nature and to the social order (for instance, who is allowed in and who is not). Political messages are often woven through the landscapes of gardens when they are created and changing attitudes can see landscapes reworked to reflect new power structures and new political realities. Too often as modern visitors we are not given any sense of this, with gardens presented simply as pleasurable and/or grandiose. In this talk I will present the political side of a number of sixteenth- to eighteenth-century European gardens from France, Italy and the UK.
|Temple of British Worthies|
|The Temple of Ancient Virtue|
|Fireworks at Versailles|
|View of Versailles by Pierre Patel c. 1668|