Decoded Messages: Chinese Phoenix and Eagle Painting

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Thursday June 3

6:00 PM  –  7:00 PM

This virtual lecture will explore the historical background and symbolism behind the Chinese depiction of phoenixes and eagles, the two birds featured in the Norton Museum of Art’s new installation, Kings of Birds. The lecture will also decode the hidden political and social messages conveyed through symbolic associations or homonymic puns in these paintings, which have been nearly forgotten for many centuries.