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Early Books Lecture Series: Secrets of the Renaissance Garden

<p>Detail of image, leaf i3, from<em> Hypnerotomachia Poliphili</em>, 1499 / Special Collections</p>

Detail of image, leaf i3, from Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, 1499 / Special Collections

Date: April 15, 2014

Times: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location:   Special Collections

Contact: Bob Diaz


Secrets of the Renaissance Garden” with Frederick Kiefer, Professor, UA Department of English

The renaissance garden works its magic by combining greenery and masonry, statues and fountains. Italian garden designers found new ways to align art and nature, creating places where the civilized and the wild could coexist. One inspiration was a book published in 1499 and owned by Special Collections. Called The Dream of Poliphilo, this book contains nearly 200 illustrations, which generated new ideas about what gardens could be.

Special Collections hosts the Early Books Lecture Series XI, an annual lecture series where University of Arizona scholars explore the treasure trove of medieval texts held by the University Libraries. In this 11th year of the lecture series, professors of German Studies and English will give their audiences new insights into centuries-old historic texts.

The evening lectures will be held on three Tuesdays in April. All lectures are held in Special Collections and are free and open to the public. The schedule for the Early Books Lecture Series is:

Lecture I: April 1, 6 – 8 p.m.
“Wenzeslas Bible: The Triumph and Glory of Late Medieval Book Production. Art, Religion, and Literature in One Manuscript” with Albrecht Classen, Professor, UA Department of German Studies

Lecture II: April 15, 6 – 8 p.m.
“Secrets of the Renaissance Garden” with Frederick Kiefer, Professor, UA Department of English

Lecture III: April 29, 6 – 8 p.m.
“20,000 Facts and Fables: Pliny’s Natural History in Early Modern Europe” with Thomas Willard, Associate Professor, UA Department of English