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Visualizing Qing Imperial Authority through Emperor Qianlong’s French-made Battle Prints
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 6:30pm
Visualizing Qing Imperial Authority through Emperor Qianlong’s French-made Battle Prints

The Confucius Institute at PSU presents -

Visualizing Qing Imperial Authority
through Emperor Qianlong’s French-made Battle Prints

Speaker: William Ma, Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at Lewis and Clark College 


Tuesday, April 4, 2017
6:30 PM
PSU Smith Memorial Student Union, room 294 
1825 SW Broadway, Portland 

Description:

After the final conquest of the territories known today as Xinjiang (literately “New Territories”) in the 1750s, the Emperor Qianlong (1711-1799) of the Qing dynasty commemorated his victories with sixteen large-scale paintings.  Painted collaboratively by native court painters and European missionary artists, versions of the works were sent to French court of Louis XV to be made into cooper-engraved prints, then returned to Qing China to be further distributed throughout the country to celebrate the glories of Qianlong’s military success. 

The set of the sixteen battle prints were crucial evidence attesting to the artistic achievements of court artists in both Qing China and in Ancien Régime France at the height of their power.  The product of collaboration across the world and a rare example role-reversal for the transmission of aesthetic taste between the two cultures, these prints highlighted important modes and conduits for the translation of print technology, local ethnography, and representations of imperium.  

About the Spreaker:

William Ma is a Chinese art historian who specializes on the artistic exchanges between China and the world during the late-imperial and modern period.  His research interest includes material culture, workshop practices, aesthetic pedagogy, Jesuit missionary art in late-imperial China, and the relationship between export art and the imperial court during the High Qing.  Recently received his doctorate in the History of Art from the University of California at Berkeley, he is currently the Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at Lewis and Clark College.  

 

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