On 12 May, the second lecture “A Bird is not just a Bird. A Flower is not just a Flower. Symbolical Meanings behind the Images of Nature in Traditional Chinese Painting” of a series elaborates on “birds and flowers”, an important genre of classical Chinese painting. It was shaped and glorified by Buddhism and Taoism, folk beliefs and imperial patronage. We’ll dive into symbolical meanings of plants and animals and ways of representing them in Chinese art.