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Art & Design

The Art of Flower Arranging 

If you’re big on bouquets, the Art Institute has an exhibition that celebrates just how old and precise the art of flower arranging really is. During the Edo period (1615-1868) in Japan, an intense interest in botany and flower arranging flourished. The woodblock prints of the period reflect that passion. Priests, the warrior class, and members of the imperial court all began to practice the activity, which they called Ikebana. The works on view in The Arranged Flower: Ikebana and Flora in Japanese Prints emphasize the lines formed by the specific placement of leaves, branches, and twigs. Some of the works are surimono, or privately commissioned prints circulated among members of poetry circles on special occasions.