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Chinese Gardens: Pavilions, Studios, Retreats

August 18, 2012–January 6, 2013

Denizens of the Garden

A favorite theme of traditional Chinese painters was the careful description of the various fish, birds, and other animals that typically inhabit imperial pleasure parks and private gardens. Rather than present these creatures in their natural habitats, Chinese artists celebrated the collecting of rare fish, fowl, or pets within these manmade microcosms. Thus tamed, these creatures were available for minute study and careful rendering by court painters, who made a specialty of "feathers and fur."

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