China experienced unprecedented visual and technological innovation throughout its dynastic history. Today, Chinese art remains one of the most sought-after collecting categories by art lovers around the world, commanding some of the highest prices at auctions.
Led by art historian Nixi Cura, this 6-week virtual course guides you to appreciate Chinese art through its kaleidoscopic symbols, to mythical beasts in religious activities. The lectures will present iconic examples from global auctions and museum collection–ancient bronzes, imperial ceramics, literati paintings, Buddhist sculptures and many more.
Participants will gain a practical understanding of Chinese art through the unique focus of symbolism. Our art historian lecturer will discuss art historical context, aesthetic and technological development, as well as the factors that determine the value of Chinese art in today’s market. A Christie’s specialist will also introduce some of the most iconic objects of Chinese art at auction.
Uniquely, this course will discuss the personal taste and patronage of the legendary Chinese emperors, highlighting the tradition of connoisseurship and collecting in the history of Chinese art. You will learn about the changes in tastes and trends in collecting Chinese art throughout dynastic China and until present day, not only inside China, but also around the world, from Japan to Europe and America.
After this course, you will learn:
The key symbols, themes, concepts and terminology in relation to the connoisseurship of Chinese art, in particular imperial ceramics and ware, as well as literati paintings and objects
How the key symbols evolve throughout the dynasties and under different emperors, and their interpretations by different generation of artists
The art historical context, such as political and religious development, imperial patronage, literati tradition and early globalization, for appreciating Chinese art
Factors that determine the value of Chinese art in today’s global art market, from rarity to provenance
Collecting stories and trends, from the personal tastes of the Chinese emperors to the diverse visions of collectors
About Robert Chang Art Education Charitable Foundation
The Robert Chang Art Education Charitable Foundation aims to support the promotion of Asian Art education to a wider audience. Our partnership builds on existing programmes at Christie’s Education, enabling conversations with scholars and academics, and focused programmes on Chinese Works of Art, Chinese Paintings, as well as developing Asian contemporary art. The foundation also offers a selected number of full-time students to join the programmes on a complimentary basis. Click here to apply