Professor of the History of Art, University of Oxford
"Looking at Looking at Chinese Painting"
Innovation/Adaptation: 5,000 Years of Making Art in China
In series of paintings from the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), showing the four scholarly pastimes of the gentleman, “painting” is depicted not by acts of the construction of images but by instances of their viewing. From this fact, the lecture developed an account of what some of the many images of painting being viewed in China tell us about a history of both viewing and making painting. The lecture offered close readings of a series of paintings from the Ming dynasty, many of them involving meta-paintings, or “paintings within paintings” (hua zhong hua), and used these to develop an account of how paintings constructed the ideal viewing subjects.
Poster for Craig Clunas Lecture