Talks + Lectures

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How to Read Chinese Paintings

Thu, Dec 4, 6:30 – 7:30 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater

The Chinese way of appreciating a painting is often expressed by the words du hua, which means “to read a painting.” How does one do that? Because art is a visual language, words alone cannot adequately convey its expressive dimension. Spanning 1,000 years of Chinese art — from the eighth through the seventeenth centuries, Maxwell K. Hearn, Douglas Dillon Chairman Department of Asian Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, examines multiple layers of meaning, including style, technique, symbolism, past traditions, and the artist’s personal circumstances, in the treatment of landscapes, flowers, birds, figures, religious subjects, and calligraphies. This lecture illuminates the main goal of every Chinese artist: to capture not only the outer appearance of a subject but also its inner essence.

$8 (VMFA members $5)


3 in 30: From Jade to Bronze Ancient Chinese Art

Tue, Dec 9, 11 – 11:30 am, or Thu, Dec 11, 6:30 – 7 pm | Meet at Visitor Services Desk
Described in a two thousand-year-old source as the “fairest of stones,” jade has long been treasured in China. Join Lulan Yu, Adult Programs Coordinator, for a gallery talk that will explore Chinese jade objects and beautifully crafted bronze ritual vessels produced by the technologically advanced Chinese Bronze age cultures.
Free, no registration required