Feb. 4, 2004


LEWISBURG, Pa. — John Dixon Hunt will give the talk, "Allegory, Expression and Experience in the English Renaissance Garden," Thursday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell.

The talk, which is open to the public without charge, is part of the university's 2003-04 Humanities Institute lecture series, "England c. 1500-c.1660: Early Modernity and Renaissance."

Hunt has been Professor of the History and Theory of Landscape in the University of Pennsylvania's department of landscape architecture since 1994. He is the author of numerous articles not only in landscape journals but also such venues as Apollo and Lincoln Center Theatre Review.

His books include Garden and Grove: the Italian Renaissance Garden in the English Imagination: 1600-1750 and the recent Picturesque Garden in Europe.

Widely considered one of today's foremost writers on the history and theory of gardens and landscape architecture, Hunt is the founding editor of The Journal of Garden History and Word & Image.

The recipient of degrees from, Cambridge (King's College) and Bristol, his teaching career has stretched from Leiden to Dumbarton Oaks, his consultancies and fellowships from Rome to various American botanical gardens.

"2003 marked that most Elizabethan of years: 400 years after the death of Good Queen Bess and 50 after the coronation of her namesake, Elizabeth II. The 2003-04 Humanities Institute celebrates a moment c. 1600 of flourish and transition, of tradition and modernity," according to Mary Brantl, faculty coordinator.

"Offering respite from the cold February winds, Hunt's lecture takes us into the magical imagery and ideology of the English Renaissance garden, by many considered English culture at its richest," she said.

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