Food & Fruit in Art of N Europe 1500-1800: Dr Twigs Way

"Ever looked at a canvas piled high with fruits and cheese, glasses filled with amber liquids and plates of pewter spilling their wares, and wondered what it was all about? Do these document the realities of dining or celebrate the bounty of a wealthy patron? Which foods can we recognise and do they still exist? How did the painter keep the fish fresh over the weeks of painting and is there a symbolism behind the melons and the cucumbers? We shall explore images of food and feasts through three centuries. "

Tutor: Dr Twigs Way

"Dr Twigs Way is a professional garden historian and divides her time between research and consultancy, giving lectures, talks and writing books. Twigs came to garden history from a career in archaeology, having focussed on landscape archaeology during her PhD. Since 2004 she has worked closely with English Heritage and other public bodies undertaking research on parks and gardens. Twigs has appeared in numerous television programmes including Gardeners' World. "