Fall 2023 Course Highlight | The Tastes of Scholars & Emperors: Chinese Art in the Later Periods

Come learn about imperial China with Professor Yuhang Li this fall! ART HIST 308 The Tastes of Scholars & Emperors: Chinese Art in the Later Periods | MWF 9:55–10:45am | Sophomore Standing | Humanities Breadth | L&S Credit. Enroll here.Description: In what ways were Chinese arts special and noteworthy within the broad history of world art? Why is Chinese landscape painting regarded as the “highest form of Chinese painting? How did scholars’ taste influence garden, furniture and other craft-making? Why did each emperor have his own porcelains made as a way to claim his sovereignty? How did the booming of print culture influence Chinese religious practice in the early modern period? Why did dreams become a popular subject in Chinese art?

This course will introduce art forms and concepts that developed in China from the mid-10th century to the early 20th century. Organized chronologically, the course examines the development of painting, calligraphy, woodblock printing, ceramics, lacquer wares, textile, architecture, and photography. In addition to material, technique, subject and function, we will also consider the aesthetic concepts and social groups associated with various art forms.