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Thursday, February 15, 2001 - 19:30

Chinoiserie: Symbolism in Chinese Patterns

Professor Situ Shuang

Beijing University

Indian Embassy

1 Ritan Dong Lu

Learn the meaning behind the patterns on Chinese artifacts (porcelain, paintings, wood carvings, etc.), some of which add to the value if the symbolic image is particularly auspicious. Professor Situ Shuang, who teaches art history at the University of Beijing, will unravel for us the symbolism and the historical and cultural significance of Chinese motifs. She received her Ph.D. from the Sorbonne University in Paris where she specialized in the history of Europe's fascination with Chinoiserie. Through slides she will trace the evolution of Chinese patterns that permeated European decorative arts by the 17th century. Professor Shuang's presentation will give BIS members an appreciation and understanding of Chinese patterns and their meanings.