Landscape Painting and Garden Design
Doris Duke Theatre
About the Lecture:
The arts of garden design and landscape painting are intimately connected. The artists represented in the exhibition Masterpieces of Landscape Painting from the Forbidden City took techniques from garden design as a source of inspiration for their paintings, and in some cases even participated in arranging gardens that still survive today. Many of these artists made their home in the "garden city" of Suzhou, which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Monument for its superb gardens, in some cases dating back for over a thousand years. In this talk we will take a virtual stroll through some of Suzhou's most famous gardens, at the same time similarly wandering through the landscapes of Chinese paintings in the exhibition to compare the ideas and aesthetics shared by these two expressions of Chinese culture.
Shawn Eichman is Curator of Asian Art at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, and the curator of the exhibition Masterpieces of Landscape Painting from the Forbidden City.