East Asian Languages and Cultures | Art at the Qing Court, 1650-1800
C600 | 1638 | Nelson


This course examines the art and building projects of the emperors
of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), with special emphasis on the reigns
of Emperors Kangxi, Yongzheng, and Qianlong (1662-1795). It meets
together with A662 (History of Art).

The Qing was a dynasty of Manchu conquerors, deeply resented by
patriotic Chinese; the imperial family made use of  painting,
architecture, textiles, and other arts to assert its legitimacy,
promulgate ideologies, construct and project images of the state,
and document its ownership of Chinese culture. Of particular
interest are the Qing rulers’ “occidentalism” and their
encouragement of European painting techniques, introduced to them by
Jesuit missionaries; and their monumental ambitions—and
accomplishments—as collectors, which have done much to shape the
canons of Chinese art received and studied today

The course is a combined reading course and research seminar.
Throughout the semester, we’ll read and discuss scholarship on
various aspects of Manchu court culture and art: imperial portraits,
Italian artists at court, paintings of court beauties, the emperors’
European-style villas, decorative arts and the state workshops, the
imperial art collection, and much else. Students will also prepare
research projects on topics of interest to them, to be presented in
class towards the end of the semester and also handed in. Assigned
readings are in English, but C600 students will use Chinese sources
for their research. Previous course work in Chinese art is not a
necessity.

Credit given for only one of EALC C600 and FINA A662 on this topic.