Clarissa von Spee, Chair of Asian Art and James and Donna Reid Curator of Chinese Art
The Cleveland Museum of Art holds an extraordinary number of paintings by 18th-century artists from the city of Yangzhou in southeast China, examples of which are soon to go on display in the Chinese galleries. Curator Clarissa von Spee explores how the city at the center of the country’s salt administration came to legendary wealth and attracted artists who created a distinctive style of painting that catered to the tastes of a nouveau-riche society. The discussion includes works from the museum’s collection, such as The Ninth Day Literary Gathering at Xing’an and the museum’s recent acquisition Road to Shu by Yuan Yao, both created in 1743. Free; ticket required.
Made possible by the Pauline and Joseph Degenfelder Family Endowment Fund