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Imperial Circuits: Court Arts of China in Beijing and Beyond

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Imperial Circuits: Court Arts of China in Beijing and Beyond

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Detail of ‘Ten Thousand Countries Come to Court’, (Wanguo laichao tu), Qianlong period, Qing artist, The Palace Museum, Beijing, China.
Detail of ‘ Magnificent Record of Longevity’, 1717, Wang Yuanqi, et al, Chinese Collection, Harvard-Yenching Library, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States.
Detail of ‘Ten Thousand Countries Come to Court’, (Wanguo laichao tu), Qianlong period, Qing artist, The Palace Museum, Beijing, China.
Detail of ‘ Magnificent Record of Longevity’, 1717, Wang Yuanqi, et al, Chinese Collection, Harvard-Yenching Library, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States.

Dr Stephen Whiteman

The courts and societies of early modern China, circa 16th–18th c., were deeply engaged with popular, elite, and global cultures of their periods. People, objects, and ideas from throughout the empire and around the world passed through Beijing, engendering a visual and material culture in mutually productive dialogue with a rich variety of intellectual and artistic sources.

Through an exploration of images, objects, and spaces, this course considers how the court conceived, created, and deployed works of art as vehicles for ideological and cultural expression; the transcultural encounters both within and beyond the empire’s borders that contributed to these processes, including those with the pan-Asian Islamic and European worlds; and the circulation and consumption of objects among the court’s diverse audiences.

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