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Ordering the Myriad Things: From Traditional Knowledge to Scientific Botany in China

Date: 
Thu., Feb. 17, 2022 | 7:30 p.m.–9 p.m.
Category: 
Lectures
Location: 
Huntington Zoom event
Event Notes: 
Free with reservation
Add to Calendar 02/17/2022 07:30 PM 02/17/2022 09:00 PM America/Los_Angeles Ordering the Myriad Things: From Traditional Knowledge to Scientific Botany in China Visit page - https://www.huntington.org/events/ordering-myriad-things The Huntington - Huntington Zoom event
 

In his new book, Ordering the Myriad Things, Nicholas K. Menzies, research fellow in The Huntington's Center for East Asian Garden Studies, examines how traditional knowledge of plants in China gave way to scientific botany between the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries. This talk focuses especially on images of plants, contrasting their representation in late-imperial Chinese painting and materia medica to the conventions of scientific botanical drawing. It highlights the work and careers of three 20th-century Chinese artists who paved the way for today's professional botanical illustrators.

Buy Ordering the Myriad Things at the Huntington Store. $30. Members receive a discount!

Photo credit: Cover of Ordering the Myriad Things: From Traditional Knowledge to Scientific Botany in China by Nick Menzies, University of Washington Press, 2021.