ABOVE: Unkown artist, China: Scenes from the Life of T'ao Yuan-Ming (detail), 16th century; handscroll, ink on paper; 10 5/8 x 206 3/4 in.; gift of James and Dorothy Cahill.


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SUN APR 10 2005, 2:00
Lecture, James Cahill
Museum Theater

Two figures in Chinese political history have come to epitomize a philosophical-political debate still resonant in public life today: to serve or to retire. These were the great statesman Zhuge Liang (AD 181–234), who now exemplifies the ideal of service, and Tao Yuanming (AD 365–427), who characterizes reclusion and escape from worldly concerns. UC Berkeley Professor Emeritus James Cahill will illuminate both the imagery and the social uses of paintings that portray or evoke these two figures.

James Cahill has been a major force in building the study of Chinese art history and has instructed generations of students at Berkeley, many of whom now hold positions in the field. Among his books currently awaiting publication are Paintings for Use and Pleasure: Urban Studio Artists in High Qing China, and a study of paintings done for a clientele of women in the late Ming-Qing period.

At 3:15 p.m., following the lecture, Adjunct Curator for Asian Art Sheila Keppel offers a tour of the exhibition in the Asian Galleries.

SUN APR 10 2005, 3:15
Guided Tour, Sheila Keppel

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