Western Painting in Chinese Style: Fine Arts in Macau in the Age of Exploration
Lecture outline: Under the background of "geographical great discovery", Macau has its unique geographical environment of "isolated at sea and direct contact with the ocean", with the introduction of Christian art into Macau in the 16th and 17th centuries as the narrative context, this lecture discusses the collision and fusion of Eastern and Western cultures in Macau’s fine arts in the age of exploration through the images as historical evidence. For example, the front wall of Catedral de São Paulo combines the architectural style of pre-Baroque mannerism with the symmetrical style of Renaissance, the front wall is divided into five layers, each with its special meaning and symbolism; The unique mural art style inside the Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Guia shows the perfect combination of European Christian art and Traditional Chinese Oriental painting; Image interpretation of the Portrait of Matteo Ricci and so on.
About the lecturer:
Wang Lan is an associate professor and doctoral supervisor of Faculty of Humanities and Arts, Macau University of Science and Technology. His teaching and research fields are art history, the history of cultural exchange between China and foreign countries, art creation and theory. He is also a council member of Macau Artists Association, vice president of Macau Chinese Painting Postgraduate Innovation and Research Association, president of Macau Classical Music Society, and vice president of Shanghai-Macau Economic and Cultural Development Association.
He is the author of Cultural Memory in Urban Development: the Study of the Culture and City Image of Macau (Higher Education Press, Beijing, 2014). As the head of the Macau side of Wuyi University Hong Kong and Macao Joint Research and Development Fund of Cooperation and Innovation of Cultural Heritage between Jiangmen and Macau from the Perspective of The Greater Bay Area, and his Research on the 17th to the 19th Century French Hand-painted Macau Ancient Maps won the Academic Research Scholarship of Cultural Affairs Bureau of Macao SAR Government, and he is the director of Research on the Protection and Inheritance Innovation of Macau Urban Cultural Heritage of Research Fund Project of Macau University of Science and Technology, etc. At the same time, his art works are also selected to participate in various exhibitions at home and abroad.