Representation and Self-Representation: Courtesan Culture in Ming Dynasty China (1368–1644) and its Artistic Production
During the Ming Dynasty, courtesan culture blossomed in the lower Yangzi River delta. The growth of a mercantile economy brought new prosperity to this region, where the surplus of wealth produced numerous entertainment establishments as well as a growing class of entertainers, including talented courtesan artists. This lecture examines three groups of paintings produced in this cultural milieu: (1) paintings documenting social interactions between scholars and courtesan artists, (2) historical allusions to male scholar-painters’ relationship with courtesans, and (3) self-representations of courtesan painters through visual metaphors.
Thursday, April 4 at 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Walsh Building, 495 1221 36th St. NW, Washington, DC 20057
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