This seminar deals with how Chinese painting, one of the unique art traditions in the world, was dramatically exposed to the West at the turn of the twentieth century. This course also explores how market demand, public interest, and academic inquiry contributed to making Chinese painting an inseparable cultural element in the shaping of modern Western society. The course format includes slide lectures, a museum visit, reading assignments, group discussions, and an individual research project. Affiliate department: Art.
Prerequisites: SSI2 enrollment requires completion of SSI1 seminar