China’s One and Many Great Walls
Asian Art and History: Fabulous Wonders of China
Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning
Nancy S. Steinhardt, Professor of East Asian Art and Curator of Chinese Art, University of Pennsylvania
This lecture begins by exploring why The Great Wall is China’s greatest monument: the myths, the legends, its history and, most importantly, its symbolic image. We consider what happened along The Wall and the architecture built in response to those events. We also look at China as a civilization of walls and processes — and the implications of tearing them down. Finally, we look at a few lesser 'great' walls, including the wall around Beijing. The First Emperor, Genghis Khan, Kublai Khan and Mao are all part of the story.
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.