Within the Palace Walls and through the Garden Moongate: unveiling life, art and splendour in ancient China

Anne Haworth

Wednesday 6th April 2022

Within the Palace Walls and through the Garden Moongate: unveiling life, art and splendour in ancient China

Anne Haworth

The day will take us on a journey to Old Peking, lifting layered and opaque veils of mystery and secrecy on the splendours of palace life hidden behind the high vermilion walls of the Forbidden City. Far distant from Imperial opulence and grandeur we will visit ancient canal-side villages and enter elegant houses with their adjacent verdant retreats - the classical gardens of China. In these exquisite and once private spaces nature, as seen through the moongate, was venerated and the appreciation of flowers and the natural world inspired art from poetry to paintings and from porcelain to jade and fine silk embroidery.

                                                                

Porcelain jar painted with                                         Emperor Huizong, finches and bamboo,

basket of auspicious flowers,                                  early 12th Century, Metropolitan Museum of Art,

18th century, Metropolitan                                     New York.

Museum of Art, New York.

                       
 

            Master of the Nets Garden,                                                      Corridor within the Forbidden City

             Suzhou © Anne Haworth                                                         © Anne Haworth

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