Prof. Patricia Berger, Professor of Chinese Art at the University of California, Berkeley, delivered a lecture on October 28, 2014 at UBC Robson Square. Her lecture, titled “Multiple Identities: The Many Faces of the Manchu Emperors of China” looked at the important role of Buddhist painting, sculpture, and decorative arts produced by Imperial Qing court artists and distributed throughout the empire.

The Manchu emperors of the Qing dynasty (1644-1912) ruled over a multi-ethnic, polyglot empire. They understood that art could be used to convey untranslatable messages across cultural boundaries. This lecture looks at the creative visual strategies that the Qing emperors developed to use in their diplomatic exchanges with the Mongols, Tibetans and other peoples. The lecture also considers imperial self-fashioning, paying particular attention to imperial portraits in the exhibition Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

This lecture was made possible by The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society at UBC and the Vancouver Art Gallery. The video is a repost from the Vancouver Art Gallery’s vimeo site.