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A Jesuit Priest before the Dragon Throne: Giuseppe Castiglione and Yuanming Yuan

Stabile Building

Jan 22, 10:30am
Stabile Building 10:30am
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A Jesuit Priest before the Dragon Throne:
Giuseppe Castiglione and Yuanming Yuan

Asian Art and History: Fabulous Wonders of China
Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning

Marjorie Williams, Senior Director for Endowment Development, The Cleveland Museum of Art

As a young priest, Giuseppe Castiglione traveled to China in 1715 to paint murals on the interiors of cathedrals that the catholic churches hoped to establish. His artistic talent inspired an introduction to the imperial court in Beijing. For over 50 years, he served three emperors as a court painter. He masterfully synthesized Eastern and Western painting techniques in his realistic imperial portraits as well as his landscapes, still lifes and paintings of horses and dogs in the imperial stables. Known as Lang shihning at court, he also became an architect during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor. He drafted the plans for the construction of Western palaces in Yuanming Yuan, the Summer Palaces. Fragments of these fanciful buildings are lingering reminders of the 18th-century palaces and gardens that blended Eastern and Western architectural traditions.

Admission includes lunch and a discussion with the lecturer immediately following the lecture. This presentation is part of the Asian Art and History lecture series.

Marjorie Williams

Marjorie Williams

A museum professional for over 40 years at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Marjorie Williams, senior leadership gift officer, Williams has served as director of the education and public programs (1997-2011). As senior director for endowment development (2011-18) and senior leadership giving officer (2018-), she assists in fund raising initiatives for capital campaign; endowment; education; exhibitions; and special projects particularly in Asian art.

She is an adjunct professor for the department of art history at Case Western Reserve University. As an art historian, she specializes in the arts of China, Korea, Japan and India.  Since 1993, Williams has traveled annually to Asia as a lecturer for the Smithsonian Journeys; programs; Smithsonian Institution; Washington, D.C.; and other travel companies, such as Orion Expeditions, Sydney Australia and Abercrombie & Kent. 


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