The Pauline and Joseph Degenfelder Family Endowment Lecture Series in Chinese Art
The annual Pauline and Joseph Degenfelder Distinguished Lecture in Chinese Art brings scholars and experts of international stature to Cleveland. Lectures will present archeological discoveries, innovative approaches, and new scholarship to give insight into Chinese art and culture, contextualize the museum’s world-renowned collection, and enhance our understanding of China today.
The lecture is made possible by the visionary gift of the Pauline and Joseph Degenfelder Family Endowment, the first dedicated to Chinese art, one of the strengths of the museum’s collection.
How to Read Chinese Paintings
Spanning a thousand years of Chinese art from the eighth through the seventeenth century, the lecture will examine multiple layers of meaning—style, technique, symbolism, past traditions, and the artist’s personal circumstances—in the treatment of landscapes, flowers, birds, figures, religious subjects, and calligraphies in order to illuminate the main goal of every Chinese artist: to capture not only the outer appearance of a subject but also its inner essence.