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Repossessing the Past: Refurbishing the Cultural Patrimony at the Courts of Song-Dynasty China

September 20, 2012 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Image of Chinese scroll painting depicting 4 women pounding something white (clothing? Paper? Food?) with large wooden dowels

2012 Burdick-Vary Event:

Maggie Bickford

Art History (Emerita), Brown University


Chinese emperors of the 12th and 13th centuries created a new body of masterworks to stand in for lost famous paintings by the early Great Painters of China. The measure of their success is that we still use these Song-Dynasty creations as touchstones in our history of early Chinese art. How did this happen? Professor Bickford will consider these imperial initiatives and their consequences for the History of Art in China today.

A Lecture in the Series: “New Constructions of the Past in the Art History of China”


September 20, 2012
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, Room L140
800 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States