Forbidden City Talk January 6
As part of the CVA lecture series, a talk about the Forbidden City in Beijing, China, will be held at the Hampden-Sydney Atkinson Gallery, on Sunday, January 6, 2019, at 3:00 PM. All CVA Lectures are free and the public is encouraged to come.
This program explores imperial rituals, court painting, family life, and religion in the Forbidden City, home to 24 of China’s emperors from the Ming (1368-1644) through the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Utilizing selected objects from the Palace Museum, Beijing, in addition to works from VMFA’s permanent collection, this talk explores the visual and cultural landscape established by Chinese imperial patronage in a rapidly globalizing world. This program will also discuss the architecture and construction of the Forbidden City, as well as the influence of Italian painters on the court painting style of the Qing dynasty.
|William Neer, Curatorial Assistant at VMFA|
William Neer is Curatorial Assistant for Exhibitions at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. He has worked closely with curators on exhibitions and catalogues, including Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China and Congo Masks: Masterpieces from Central Africa. He is a graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, with bachelors’ degrees in history and art history. Prior to joining the Exhibitions department, he acted as Curatorial Assistant for East Asian Art, where he worked with collections, acquisitions, and gallery rotations, as well as holding an internship at VMFA’s Frank Raysor Center for the Study of Works on Paper.