Talk: The Art of the Islamic Garden

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Islamic gardens are famous for the beauty of their geometric order, their celebration of green (the colour of Islam) and their decorative and useful incorporation of water. In this lecture, Emma Clark, garden designer and Senior Tutor at The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, considers how we have gained our knowledge of these gardens from both Islamic and Western sources. She refers to depictions in Islamic miniature paintings, references in poetry and in the plant lists of Muslim botanists as well as accounts by European travellers and ambassadors, and Western images of Islamic gardens in prints and plans. A number of engravings of Persian gardens by 19th-century French travellers Pascal Coste and Eugene Flandin offer precious views of the gardens when they were, if not in their prime, at least still flourishing.

Venue details

Wallace Collection Hertford House, Manchester Square, LONDON London W1U 3BN 020 7563 9500