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‘The Decameron’ and ‘The Enchanted Garden’

24 January 2007 by Billy

'The Enchanted Garden', John William Waterhouse

‘The Enchanted Garden’, John William Waterhouse

At the second attempt, I managed to record Sandra Penketh’s picture of the month talk yesterday at the Lady Lever Art Gallery on John William Waterhouse’s ‘The Decameron’ and ‘The Enchanted Garden’ (mp3/transcript/links).

The paintings are companion pieces, ‘The Enchanted Garden’ depicting a scene from Boccaccio’s Decameron. Sandra’s talk looks at the contemporary influences on Waterhouse, the story of the Enchanted Garden and Lord Lever’s unusual approach to buying from Waterhouse’s widow.

Fans of Cute Overload! shouldn’t miss this photo buried in the podcast’s suggested links (although whether ‘mouse about to be savaged by cat’ counts as cute is debatable).

The object of the month talk at 1pm in the Walker tomorrow (Thursday 25 January 2007) is on a Vivienne Westwood outfit from her Buffalo Girls collection.

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