New Decade, Extended Shell House Website
Followers of our website will know that as writers/lecturers we have spent over 10 years exploring England, Wales and Ireland and noted their long history of shell artists and landscapes showing shell “ Fabriques”.
We have now extended this to the continent of Europe and particularly that Europe opened to us through the aristocratic concept of the Grand Tour (1695 -1790) with its notification of art, architecture and nature. Inevitably this cannot be a comprehensive study, nor can it be complete. However, it does represent our journeying round some fifty cities and sites all over Europe. Each has been notified and photographed; our researches are our own.
Along with the extraordinary shell decoration and art, from pre-classical to neo-Renaissance times and beyond, we discover Aphrodite/Venus and Poseidon/Neptune – their genesis and changing significance.
Devotion and pilgrimage (notably St James of Compostela) and the scallop shell as a religious motif have become increasingly important topics in our 2020 Lecture Titles.
Where European Grottoes pull these subjects together, as rusticated or formal features, they too demand examination – there is extraordinary work in Dubrovnik, Italy, and Germany, Helsinki and aspects of a grotto in an underground station in Sweden.
Baroque Shell Rooms, Nymphaeum and water features, located in France, Italy, Germany, Austria – these too inevitably present themselves.
Our lectures continue in England and Florence. 2020 will see the launch of our Biography on the Shell Artist, Joyce Gascoigne (intro. Bamber Gascoigne) and we have a fully illustrated Conchinilia Journey III in preparation .