Arts of Asia Spring 2016: Patronage in Asian Art-Monarchs, Merchants, and Devotees

Arts of Asia Lecture Series
Imperial court overvest, 1595. China. Silk satin embroidered in canvas stitch and satin stitch, and overembroidered in silver and gold couching. Courtesy of Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Museum purchase, City Arts Trust Fund, 1990.214. Photograph © A

Arts of Asia Spring 2016: Patronage in Asian Art-Monarchs, Merchants, and Devotees

Repeats every week every Friday until Fri Apr 29 2016.
January 22, 2016
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Samsung Hall
$175 Society members, $200 non-members (for the series after Museum admission), $20 per lecture drop-in (after Museum admission, subject to availability, cannot be purchased in advance)

Register now for the spring semester! Setting the stage for the Emperors’ Treasures special exhibition from the National Palace Museum in Taipei next summer, the Society for Asian Art's Spring 2016 Arts of Asia lecture series will examine the many ways patronage has influenced Asian art. The sponsorship of art by monarchs, merchants, and devotees will be explored throughout Asia. Five of 15 lectures will focus on Chinese patronage from ancient times through several of the most famous imperial dynasties (Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing). Other famous patrons whose taste and commissioned works will be explored include Jayavarman VII (Angkor Wat), the Safavids in Persia, Jahanara Begum (Shah Jahan’s daughter), and even contemporary patrons like the Samsung family.

As always, a distinguished roster of prominent scholars and curators will be delivering these lectures (see list below).


January 22

Court Patronage in Early China Study Guide

Amy McNair, University of Kansas 


January 29

Two Pioneers in Art Collecting During Twentieth-Century Korea: Kansong and Hoam Study Guide

Hyonjeong Kim Han, AAM 


February 5

Double Rams: A Pair of Unusual Shang Bronze Vessels from the Yangzi Region Study Guide

Jay Xu, AAM


February 12

Plum Blossoms and Parakeets: Rationales for Imperial Collecting in the Song Dynasty Study Guide, Imperial Art Collecting, Cranes Above Kaifeng

Alfreda Murck, Metropolitan Museum of Art (Research Volunteer)


February 19

King Jayavarman VII of Cambodia: Personality and Ideology Study Guide

Hiram Woodward - Walters Art Museum (Curator Emeritus)


February 26

Eye to the Future, Eye to the Past: Patronage During the Meiji Era Study Guide

Anne Nishimura Morse, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


March 4

Courtly Lucknow Art Study Guide

Tushara Bindu Gude, LACMA


March 11

Like Father Like Son: The Adventures of Michinaga and Yorimichi as Buddhist Art Patrons in Kyoto in the Time of the Supernova Study Guide

Mimi Yiengpruksawan, Yale U.


March 18

Patronage During the Yuan Dynasty Study Guide

Ankeney Weitz, Colby College


March 25

Jahanara Begam: The 17th C. Mughal Princess Who Could Be King Study Guide Reading Additional Reading

Afshan Bokhari, Wellesley College


April 1

Indo-Persian Painter Farrukh Beg Study Guide

Keelan Overton, UCLA (Lecturer in Art History and Independent Scholar)


April 8

“Patronage and the Purification of All Negative Rebirths in Early Tibet: A View from Dunhuang” Study Guide Reading

Jake Dalton, UC Berkeley


April 15

Exchange, Indebtedness, and Artistic Production: Artists and Collectors in the Ming Dynasty Study Guide

Dora Ching, Princeton


April 22

Making Merit: Art Patronage During the Pala Period Study Guide

Robert Linrothe, Northwestern University


April 29

The Man Who Had Everything - Qianlong as Patron of the Arts Study Guide

Pat Berger, UC Berkeley

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