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The shining inheritance : Italian painters at the Qing court, 1699-1812
AuthorMusillo, Marco
Pub. LocationLos AngelesPublisherGetty Research Institute
Date2016Phys. Desc.vii, 184 p. : ill. (some color) ; 28 cm.
LocationHallway CasesCall NumberND1043.5.M87 2016
The shining inheritance : Italian painters at the Qing court, 1699-1812 / Marco Musillo.
Includes bibliographical references and index.

"During Qing dynasty China, a series of Italian artists was hired through the Jesuit missionary network to work for the Qing Imperial Workshops in Beijing. In The Shining Inheritance: Italian Painters at the Qing Court, 1699-1812, Marco Musillo describes the professional adaptations and pictorial modifications to Chinese traditions that allowed these Italian painters--Giovanni Gherardini (1655-ca. 1729), Giuseppe Castiglione (1688-1766), and Giuseppe Panzi (1734-1812)--to work within the Chinese cultural sphere from 1699, the year of Gherardini's arrival in China, to 1812, the year of Panzi's death. Musillo focuses especially on the long career and influence of Castiglione (whose Chinese name was Lang Shining), who worked in Beijing for more than fifty years. Serving three Qing emperors, he was actively engaged in the pictorial discussions at court. The Shining Inheritance perceptively explores how each artist's levels of professional artistic training affected his understanding, selection, and translation of the Chinese pictorial traditions. Musillo further demonstrates how this East-West artistic exchange challenged the dogmas of European universality through a professional dialogue that became part of established workshop routines. The cultural elements, procedures, and artistic languages of both China and Italy were strategically played against each other in negotiating the successes and failures of the Italian painters in Beijing."--ECIP data view.

Missionary encounters and artistic deceptions -- Amateurs -- Professionals -- The Italian professional painting training -- The painter's modular mind -- Castiglione's Italian training and Beijing production -- Managing perspectives -- Spaces to walk, paintings to touch -- Lyrical landscapes -- Consecrating mermaids, erasing shadows: forgotten dialogues between China and Italy.

Subject(s)Painters, Italian--China--18th century--Influence
Painting, Chinese--European influences
Painting, Chinese--Ming-Qing dynasties, 1368-1911
East and West in art
Castiglione, Giuseppe 郎世寧, 1688-1766--Influence
Panzi, Giuseppe 潘廷章, 1734-1812--Influence
Gherardini, Giovanni Battista, 1655-1723
Jesuit artists--China--History
Jesuits--China--16th-18th centuries--Contributions in art and architecture
Rec. TypeBookLanguageEnglish
CollectionRicci Institute LibraryRec. #18892
ISBN9781606064740 ; 1606064746LCCN2015026885OCLC916408173