CIHA 2016 in Beijing

34th World Congress of Art History

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WANG Ching-ling
Iconographic Turn: On Chinese Buddhist and Daoist Iconography in the Diez Albums

Session 7 Translation and Change

Curator of Chinese art, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam


This essay is a case study; it examines specifically two drawings of Two Chinese Figures (Diez A fol. 73, p. 53, and Diez A fol. 73, p. 55) that are included in the albums. In this essay, I will first identify the Chinese Buddhist and Daoist iconographic content of these two sketches and trace them back to their prototypes. Secondly, I will discuss the circulation of the Chinese prototypes in the Persian world and discuss their meaning in a trans-cultural context between China and Persia. 

WANG Ching-ling

Ching-Ling Wang completed his doctoral degree in East Asian Department, Art History Institute, Free University of Berlin in 2013.  He was research fellow at Kunsthistoriches Institut in Florenz, Max-Planck Institut and worked as curator for pre-modern Chinese art in the Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. He is currently curator of Chinese art in Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam also in charge of setting up a research centre of Asian art for Rijksmuseum. He is a specialist in Chinese painting and ceramics, his research interests mainly focus on Chinese painting in the 17th and 18th century: issues related to the imperial workshop; literati's social group and visual & material interactions between China and Europe.