Cultivating Virtue: Botanical Motifs in East Asian Art
June 30, 2012
Robert D. Mowry, Alan J. Dworsky Curator of Chinese Art, Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art, Harvard Art Museums
Inspired by the beauty and resilience of nature’s flora, East Asian poets and artists since antiquity have imbued a variety of plants and flowers with auspicious meanings, literary resonances, and moral overtones. In artworks throughout the region, flowers associated with the four seasons and twelve months are pervasive themes. This gallery talk will address these botanical motifs as they appear in diverse media and cultures in the art of China, Japan, and Korea.
Free with price of admission.
Gallery talks are informal and include discussion. Limited to 25 participants; please arrive early.