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Christian heavens in a Chinese earth

Thursday, 04 April 2019 10.30am to Thursday, 04 April 2019 11.30am

Venue: Centenary Auditorium
Lecturer: Jeremy Clarke

Wu Li, Giuseppe Castiglione and Christian painters in the Qing court

Known in China as Lang Shining (郎世宁), Giuseppe Castiglione worked as a painter for the Qing court between 1715 and 1766, painting the three great emperors Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong. A Catholic missionary and Jesuit brother, Castiglione brought his own perceptions of heaven and earth to bear in his works, now housed in the collections of the National Palace Museum, Taipei and Musée Guimet in Paris.

Writer, academic and expert in Chinese art and culture, Jeremy Clarke will discuss the cultural exchange between east and west during the Jesuit missions of the 17th and 18th centuries, drawing upon the work of Lang Shining, Wu Li and other China-based Jesuit missionary artists. Discover how cultures collided and melded, and how Christian missionaries absorbed elements of their new home in the Chinese kingdom into their art and worldview.