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Age of Empires: Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties: 221 BC-AD 220

Stabile Building

Feb 19, 10:30am
Stabile Building 10:30am
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Age of Empires:
Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties, 221 BC-AD 220

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

Dr. Jason Sun, Brooke Russell Astor Curator of Chinese Art in the Department of Asian Art of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Excavations at Lintong, east of the modern city of Xi’an, have been ongoing for 30 years, as archaeologists work to uncover the mausoleum complex of the first emperor of Qin. Encircled by two sets of walls the complex lies beneath an artificial earth mound and occupies an area of about 7,200 by 3,200 feet. In addition to the emperor’s tomb, it includes remnants of aboveground reception halls and numerous burial pits. These pits contain chariots and the remains of sacrificed horses; life-size terracotta figures of court attendants; musicians and acrobats; and most impressive of all, an army of more than 7,000 terracotta soldiers in battle formation. Historical records indicate that this enormous enterprise required the labor of 700,000 men and decades to complete.

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.

Jason Sun

Jason Sun

Jason Sun, Ph. D., is Brooke Russell Astor Curator of Chinese Art in the Department of Asian Art of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. He received his doctoral degree in Chinese Art and Archaeology from Princeton University and was E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Curator of East Asian Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art before joining the Metropolitan in 1999.

He has curated several exhibitions, including Bishop Jades (2006); Excellence and Elegance: Decorative Art of the Eighteenth Century Qing Court (2007); Small Delight: Chinese Snuff Bottles (2012); Colors of the Universe: Chinese Hardstone Carvings (2013); and the 2017 landmark exhibition Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Dynasties (221 BC-AD 220), which attracted more than 350,000 visitors and won the 2017 Global Fine Arts Award for Exhibition of Ancient Art. He also worked with James Watt on two seminal exhibitions China: Dawn of a Golden Age (2004) and The World of Khubilai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty (2010).

He has lectured and published widely on a variety of subjects, including Chinese jade carving; metalwork; calligraphy; archaeology; and museum studies.


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