Court Ladies and Pin-up Girls
Asian Art and History: Behind the Silks
Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning
Dr. Nancy Berliner, Wu Tung Curator of Chinese Art, Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Across all cultures, physical allure has been a central focus of depicting women in art. In China, the rich visual cultures of the region have produced many different images of women in accordance with the fashions, styles, aesthetics and concepts of beauty. Works that today seem to be modest depictions of beautiful women may have been considered highly suggestive when first created. Berliner discusses paintings, prints, posters and photographs of women by Chinese artists from the 11th through the 20th century, from great masterpieces of Chinese paintings to 18th century erotic paintings, turn-of-the century hand-colored photographs of courtesans, 1930s advertisement posters and 20th-century propaganda posters of female factory workers.
This lecture will be followed by lunch and a discussion with the lecturer that is included in the ticket price. This presentation is part of the Asian Art and History lecture series.