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March 31, 2010

A Confucius Institute Lecture - "Appropriating the Sage: Pictorial Biographies of Confucius," Friday, April 9, 2010

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"Appropriating the Sage: Pictorial Biographies of Confucius from 1444 to the Present"

Julia K. Murray
Professor of Art History, East Asian Studies, and Religious Studies
Senior Fellow, Institute for Research in the Humanities
University of Wisconsin

5pm, Friday, April 9, 2010
Helmut Stern Auditorium, U-M Museum of Art
525 S. State St., Ann Arbor

ABSTRACT: Over the centuries, artists have depicted events in the life of Confucius in many different ways. Pictorial narrative biographies are by no means confined to the past, or even to China. Drawing on many examples, including currently some on view in the exhibition "CONFUCIUS: His Life and Legacy in Art" at China Institute in New York, this talk will trace the fifteenth-century origins of the biographical illustrations and explore the significance of later variations. One of the most important is a monumental version displayed after 1592 in the "home" Temple of Confucius in Qufu, Shandong, whose influence extends to modern and even contemporary examples. With Confucius's recent return to official favor in mainland China, representations of his life are proliferating again to serve new purposes.

Posted by zzhu at March 31, 2010 07:36 PM