My childhood philosophy.
There are only a few days left to explore the rich interactions between pictorial and garden arts in China across more than a thousand years, courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum.
In the densely populated urban centers of China, enclosed gardens have long been an integral part of residential and palace architecture, serving as an extension of the living quarters.
Artists were called upon not only to design gardens but also, as gardens came to be identified with the tastes and personalities of their residents, to create idealized paintings of gardens that served as symbolic portraits reflective of the character of the owner.
Chinese Gardens: Pavilions, Studios, Retreats ends on January 6, 2013.
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