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?
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.