Flora Gave Me Fairest Flowers


Day course

Joanna Cobb

8 October 2020

£33 - Morning Course

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Traversing more than two millennia our study will encompass a wide selection of media, including garden design, fresco, mosaic, wood and stone carving, manuscript illumination, tapestry, embroidery, painting, sculpture and photography. Our interdisciplinary and truly international approach will allow connections to be made between the visual arts, literature, music and history in order to provide a more rounded and enriching experience. The fully illustrated slide presentation will be accompanied by musical extracts appropriate to the periods in question as well as quotations from literature, drama and poetry. Key to this session will be an awareness of the historical context within which the art was created so that we can better understand how it may have been understood in its own time as well as our own.

Includes comprehensive handouts.

Morning session with three course lunch.

Tutor information

Joanna is an independent art historian, researcher, lecturer, and retired history teacher with over 20 years’ experience up to A level and Oxbridge entrance. She holds a B.Ed. degree and an MA in History of Art with Distinction from Birkbeck, University of London, which included modules on the Northern and Venetian Renaissance, and 18th century British art. Subsequent research towards a PhD has centred on the 18th century London art world. Her article, ‘From Parrots to Princes: Exhibitions of Contemporary Stained Glass in Late Eighteenth-century London’. appeared in the online journal Vidimus, Issue 53, July/August 2011. In keeping with her support for lifelong learning in its fullest sense, she present s her independent series of art history lectures across a range of venues in Somerset and has also taught U3A groups in Glastonbury and Wells, as well lectured sixth formers, parents and teachers at Wells Cathedral School. Future projects include short courses for several branches of the WEA, a special presentation for the Western Front Association to coincide with commemorations of the Armistice in 1918, additional lectures at Wells Cathedral School and a collaboration with Wells Film Centre. Her art historical interests include patronage, display, spectatorship, the changing status of art and artists, and the roles and achievement of women as artists. Central to her approach is an understanding of the context in which works of art were produced and experienced, in order to allow the ‘bigger picture’ surrounding them to emerge and in so doing enrich and enlarge the encounter.