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Court Ladies and Pin-up Girls

Asian Art History: Behind the Silks

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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.

Nancy Berliner

Nancy Berliner


Nancy Berliner, PhD., a historian of Chinese art and architecture, is the Wu Tung Curator of Chinese Art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Until 2012, she was the Curator of Chinese Art at the Peabody Essex Museum and curator of Yin Yu Tang, a 200-year old rural Chinese house now at the Peabody Essex Museum. She also serves as an interpretive and curatorial advisor to the World Monuments Fund on the Qianlong Garden, Forbidden City, conservation project in Beijing. Her undergraduate and graduate studies were done at Harvard University, and she did additional studies at the Central Academy of Art in Beijing.

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