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Exhibition

Painting Paradise

The Art of the Garden

Exhibition banner - painting of a man seated by a tree

Whether a sacred sanctuary, a place for scientific study, a haven for the solitary thinker or a space for pure enjoyment and delight, gardens are where man and nature meet. 

Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden reveals the way in which gardens have been celebrated in art across four centuries.

Bringing together paintings, botanical studies, drawings, books, manuscripts and decorative arts, the exhibition explores the changing character of the garden from the 16th to the early 20th century. It includes works by Leonardo da Vinci, Maria Sibylla Merian and Carl Fabergé, and some of the earliest and rarest surviving depictions of gardens and plants. 

Exhibition Highlights

Vincennes porcelain factory (1738-56)

The Sunflower clock

Mir 'Ali Shir Nava'i (d. 1501)

Khamsa (Quintet) of Nava'i.

Leonard Knyff (1650-1722)

A View of Hampton Court

Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

Job's tears (Coix lachryma-jobi)

Events programme

Map & directions

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London, SW1A 1AA
By train

London Victoria.  Visit National Rail Enquiries for times and fares.

By underground

Victoria, Green Park, St. James's Park and Hyde Park Corner.  For further information visit the Transport for London website.

By coach / bus

Bus numbers 11, 211, C1 and C10 stop on Buckingham Palace Road.  Victoria Coach Station is a 10-minute walk from the Palace.  For further information visit the Transport for London website.