Join Lecturer David Rosier and The Arts Society Brighton & Hove for the talk "Imperial Chinese Court Art and Portraiture".
This lecture explores the origins and evolution of paintings created specifically for the Emperor by dedicated Court Artists organised within the Imperial Academy of Art.
Court portraiture was, however, never accepted by the Literati as a genre of Classical Chinese Art but, nevertheless, Imperial Art fulfilled an essential role with regard to court protocol plus the rituals and ceremonies that determined the Imperial Lunar Calendar.
Traditional Chinese Painting primarily featured Landscapes. Court art, however, evolved to additionally focus on portraiture of the Emperor, and his family, which were used for rituals and then, eventually, Ancestor Worship. In addition, Emperors commissioned paintings and pictorial scrolls (recording court life and epic tours within the Empire) as a means of promoting personal authority plus the power and splendour of the Court.
A Chartered Insurer by profession and a Fellow of the Assurance Medical Society, with extensive international experience as an author and lecturer in Medical Risk Assessment. He has in excess of 25 years of working and living in Asia. Whilst living in Hong Kong (1991-2004) he assembled a collection of approximately 700, predominately Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Imperial and related textiles/costume accessories. Past Committee Member of the Hong Kong Textile Society and frequent speaker on Imperial Insignia and Badges of Rank.
David can organise and lead Imperial Art Tours to China for Societies. In late 2019 the Collection of Imperial Court Costume was acquired, in its entirety, by The Shanghai Musuem, Peoples' Republic of China to be displayed in a the new annexe of the museum opening in 2021.