Visualizing the Grand Prospect Garden in 19th-century China

Wei Shang, Du Family Professor of Chinese Culture, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University
Wei Shang, Du Family Professor of Chinese Culture, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University
Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 9:30am to 11:00am
Seattle Asian Art Museum, Stimson Auditorium
1400 E Prospect St, Seattle, WA ‎98112 - Google Map

The garden setting for the Chinese novel Dream of the Red Chamber is the subject of the talk by Wei Shang, Columbia University.

Cao Xueqin, the author of The Story of the Stone, sets his novel in the Grand Prospect Garden (Daguanyuan), and portrays it as an equivalent to the Land of Illusion in the human realm. How was the interplay of reality and illusion depicted in 19th century illustrations and paintings of this garden?

The Grand Prospect Garden

Part of the Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas' "Love, Loss and Longing" Saturday University Lecture Series at the Seattle Asian Art Museum.
Presented in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies and the Elliott Bay Book Company.