Henri Bertin

Henri Bertin and the Representation of China in Eighteenth-Century France (Routledge, 2020)

Author John Finlay discusses the mutual fascination that enabled the transfer of objects and styles between eighteenth-century French and Chinese courts.

key themes
  • Calligraphy, brush arts, and word-and-image
  • Landscape, gardens, and environment
  • Material culture
  • Art and politics
  • Court art
  • Transcultural and transnational approaches
further reading
  • Lee, Chao-Ying. Visions de l’Empire du Milieu au 18e siècle en France: Illustrations des Mémoires concernant les Chinois (1776–1791). Paris: L’Harmattan, 2016.
  • Mémoires concernant l’histoire, les sciences, les arts, les moeurs, les usages, &c. des Chinois: Par les missionnaires de Pekin, Joseph Amiot, François Bourgeois, Pierre-Martial Cibot, Aloys Kao, Aloys de Poirot, et al., comp., 15 vols. Paris: Nyon, 1776–1791.
  • Mungello, David E. The Great Encounter of China and the West, 1500–1800, Fourth Edition, Revised. Plymouth: Rowman & Littlefield, 2013.
  • Musillo, Marco. The Shining Inheritance: Italian Painters at the Qing Court, 1699–1812. Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute, 2016.
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