Dr Chia-Ling Yang is Senior Lecturer in History of Art at the University of Edinburgh.
She received her first degree in Chinese Literature at the National Taiwan University, a Masters from Art History at the University of Warwick and her PhD at the University of London (SOAS) in Art and Archaeology. She was a visiting scholar at the Academia Sinica (Taiwan, 2000) and the University of Heidelberg (Germany, 2001-02), and was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship to research and teach in Art History at the University of Chicago (2003-04). She was Lecturer in Chinese Art at the University of Sussex (2004-07) and the University of London (SOAS, 2007-09) before coming to Edinburgh.
In this paper, Chia-ling will first discuss the development of 'evidential study', how it became the dominant ‘Zeitgeist’, and what role scholarship played in nineteenth-century painting, calligraphy and antiquarian activities in the Lower Yangzi River area (Jiangnan). Taking as examples the prolific scholars Huang Yi (1744-1802), Ruan Yuan (1764-1849), Monk Shi Dashou (1791-1858), natives of the towns Hangzhou, Suzhou, and Nanjing, Chia-ling's study aims to uncover their network in circulating antique objects and rubbings, and to further illuminate how ‘antiquity’ was seen as a representation of time and civilisation, as well as the aesthetic criterion and inspiration for their creation of calligraphy and painting.
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