The Emperor’s Flowers. From the bulb to the carpet, exhibition - Events and festivals Lisbon - TommL
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From Friday, February 9 2018 to Monday, May 21 2018

Floral art.

The 16th century saw Europe become more knowledgeable about botany and wildlife. Travel in India, in particular, resulted in the discovery of hitherto unknown plants and animals. The flowers discovered were greatly admired by high society who were able to create stunningly beautiful botanical gardens. At the same time lavishly illustrated botanical albums started to appear.
These albums were taken on diplomatic, religious and trade missions, and they arrived at the Mughal Court where they were a great success, to the extent that local artists copied the drawing techniques used for these compendiums.

Theexhibition analyses the decorative patterns on two rugs made at the time of the Mughal Empire in India, patterns which show how this rich relationship between the East and West had developed through botany.

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Museu Calouste-Gulbenkian - Modern Collection
Rua Dr. Nicolau de Bettencourt
1900 Lisbon

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