An Apple a Day

1st – 31st October 2018

No fruit appears as frequently in Western art, literature and legend as the apple.

The Norse gods owe their immortality to them while a single apple started the Trojan War. Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti, W.B. Yeats and Robert Frost all wrote poems about apples, while everyone from Caravaggio to Cezanne has painted them.

The apple carries multiple associations: it can be a symbol of the Fall of Mankind, of original sin and eternal loss – or an uplifting token of curiosity, enlightenment and emancipation.  From Genesis to Snow White to a certain computer company, it serves as a memorable icon and continues to inspire artists around the world today.

During October, while our apples are in season, Milton’s Cottage has invited an artist a day to contribute an image of an apple to our temporary exhibition, which will be updated on a daily basis.  At the same time, we invite you to eat an apple from our garden to celebrate the role of the humble apple in Milton’s epic masterpiece, Paradise Lost – completed here at Milton’s Cottage.




































Forbidden Fruit

17th – 31st October 2018

Contemporary artists respond to the symbolism of the apple in Paradise Lost for our autumn exhibition.  Exhibition entry is included with admission to the museum.