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Greatest Gardens: Art Appreciation with Kevin Costello   

1. Tamed Nature: A History of Gardens as a work of Art- Ancient Babylon and modern cities have gardens in common as an emotional and aesthetic expression of their civilizations.  Private gardens are the soul of a city or home.  They have been made to represent the power of a monarch or state and since the Industrial Revolution, private domestic tranquility.

2. Nature Morte: An Explosion of Life In Still Life Paintings- Aside from the skill in rendering the beauty of fruits, flowers, insects, animals, and musical instruments, contemporary Still Life artists - just like their counterparts during the 16th and 17th century - have an implied message in their work:  that regardless of the acquired riches of life, in the final hour such things are meaningless.

3. The Blooms of Still Lives- In 17th C Netherlands, artists were able to support themselves by supplying the newly developed bourgeoise economy with affordable commercial art.  Still Lifes became a significant part of their reality portraying the exotic fruits and flowers brought home by Holland’s far-reaching mercantile navy.


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