Dumbarton Oaks Research Library And Collection: Public Lecture in Garden and Landscape Studies

Thu, March 20th 2014

Join Dumbarton Oaks (1703 32 St. NW) for an intriguing public lecture in garden and landscape studies. On Thursday, March 20 at 5:30 p.m., Dr. Eugene Y. Wang, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art at Harvard University, will present a lecture about the Qianlong Emperor's Garden. Created in the 1770s in the Forbidden City, the Qianlong Emperor's Garden is an example of a well-preserved, traditional Chinese garden. Due to its privileged seclusion, the garden's layout and components remain intact, as does its historical character. Moreover, the garden is highly "readable." Its design reveals an intriguing but intelligible spatial fiction with a discernible "storyline," in which the concern with the emperor's longevity is materialized in a "plot" of successive rockeries, pavilions, and towers that suggests  a journey into a land of illusion. To register, please contact Read more about the Qianlong Emperor's Garden and Dr. Wang here