Dr Sabrina Rastelli is Associate Professor of Chinese Art and Archaeology at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, Italy. She holds a PhD in Chinese Art and Archaeology from the School of Oriental and African Studies (UCL).
Her research focuses on Chinese ceramics as well as ancient funerary art. She has made significant contributions to major exhibitions of Chinese art in Italy, such as: China. At the court of the emperors. Unknown masterpieces from Han tradition to Tang elegance (25-907) (Florence, Palazzo Strozzi, 2008), Il Celeste Impero. Dall’Esercito di Terracotta alla Via della Seta (Turin, Museo di Antichità, 2008), I due imperi. L’aquila e il dragone (Milan, Palazzo Reale, 2010; Rome, Curia Iulia e Palazzo Venezia, 2010-2011).
She has also worked on the Chinese edition of the exhibition Bulgari. 125 years of Italian Magnificence (Beijing, National Museum of China, 2011; Shanghai, Aurora Museum, 2012).
Her most recent book is L’arte cinese. Dalle origini alla dinastia Tang 6000 a.C - X secolo d.C. [Chinese art. From the origins to the Tang dynasty 6000 BC to the twentieth century] (Einaudi, 2016)
Her talk proposes A New History of Chinese Art History, responding to the radical changes in the approaches to the study of Chinese art in recent years. This is mainly due to the enormous amount of material discovered in archaeological excavations; new research in different fields, ranging from philology to philosophy and art history; a new generation of Chinese scholars mastering English and Western scholars mastering the Chinese language (both modern and ancient); the intensification of international scholarly exchanges; and the increase of publications by Chinese scholars in English. All these aspects are coming together now, making research particularly engaging and facilitating a new narrative of Chinese art.
The talk is free and open to all. Drinks are served afterwards in the John Higgitt Gallery.