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Asian Art and History

China’s One and Many Great Walls

Stabile Building

Jan 29, 10:30am
Stabile Building 10:30am
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Lecture

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.

Nancy Steinhardt

Nancy Steinhardt


Nancy Steinhardt, Ph.D., is Professor of East Asian Art and Curator of Chinese Art at the University of Pennsylvania where she has taught since 1982. She received her Ph.D. at Harvard in 1981 and was a Junior Fellow at Harvard from 1978-81. Steinhardt taught at Bryn Mawr from 1981-82. She has broad research interests in the art and architecture of China and China’s border regions, particularly problems that result from the interaction between Chinese art and that of peoples to the North, Northeast and Northwest.

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