CIHA 2016 in Beijing

34th World Congress of Art History

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GUO Liang
The Landscape of Chorography and Boundaries' Ceremony: Genre Scene Describing of Late Ming Dynasty in European Jesuits' Cartography.

Session 7 Translation and Change

Department of Art History, Shanghai University


Jesuit missionaries in China produced maps that were classics of cartography in early 17th century. However, the impact of the missionaries cartographic endeavor was not limited to the maps and their painted drafting, for their maps published in Europe provided additional visual annotation on the observation of the cultural interchange they represented, especially regarding the social ecology of the European description of the Ming dynasty and the Europeanized appearance of the Ming personalities whose images they painted, which established interesting connections in the textual mode, observational style, Genre rituals and visual philosophy of the atlases in which the maps were included, and formed a milestone in the Western use of atlases to view China. Maps of the Ming's landscape became an important window for European observed China.

In the maps published by Martini and his colleagues, the cartographic family of Joan Blaeu, Europeans could first time see social scenes and characters of Late Ming China. Martini attempted to introduce Europe to China through illustrated scenarios of folkways and his missionary experiences in China lent veracity to his visual experiences. His main purpose is combined the wide range of geographical space and fixed Angle of realism figure painting in maps, not to mention he trying to seek a delicate balance between appreciation of traditional European painting, map, exotic, scientific perspective projection and art sense.

GUO Liang

Unit:Department of Art History, Shanghai University,

Shanghai, China.

Degrees &Professional ranks:Ph.D /Associate Professor /

Senior visiting scholar of Princeton University / Graduate student mentor

Professional field:Art exchanges of Chinese and Overseas

Research directions in recent years:Sciences with visual arts in Ming Dynasty

Language ability: Excellent English communication and academic ability.

Eighteen years' experience in teaching Fine Arts and Art history, eight years' experience in focuses on research of relations between visual Arts and science as well as exchanges of Chinese and foreign Arts, Dr Guo's research found in important domestic and foreign professional journals, monograph and writings. Guo concentrates in Europe and Chinese Ming, Qing cultural and Arts interaction from 16th and 17th century. his paper:Elegant strategy:Jesuits’Atlas and their Confucian connoisseur in late Ming Dynasty has been selected for 33rd Congress of the International Committee of the History of Art which Opening in July 15, 2012, Nuremberg Germany as Invited speaker. At present, he committed in humanistic geography, visual Arts and Antiquities of Ming Dynasty. Try to analyze the influence and function of specific cultural patterns of different historical periods on special effects to visual Arts experience. Excellent writing and speaking abilities, including: Monographs, editor, author or co-author of two books, five peer-reviewed publications, and more than ten other publications.