history of art research seminar series

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Antiquity Revisited: New Modes for Scholarly Art in 19th-Cenetury China

In this paper, I will first discuss the development of evidential study and how it became a ‘zeitgeist’ among intellectuals, and what role of such scholarship played in painting, calligraphy and antiquarian activities in nineteen-century Lower Yangzi River area (Jiangnan ). Taking the prolific scholars Huang Yi (1744-1802), Ruan Yuan (1764-1849), Monk Shi Dashou (1791-1858), whose native-town is in Hangzhou, Suzhou, and Nanjing as example, my study aims uncover their network in circulating antique objects and rubbings, and to further illuminate how ‘antiquity’ was seen as a representation of time and civilisation, as well as the aesthetic criterion and inspiration for their creation of calligraphy and painting.
Period26 Jan 2017
Event typeConference
LocationUnited Kingdom


  • Huang Yi (1744-1802), Ruan Yuan (1764-1849), Monk Shi Dashou (1791-1858)
  • antiquarian activities
  • nineteen-century Lower Yangzi River
  • calligraphy and painting
  • rubbing of bronze