CANCELLED Reinventing Art History: Forgery and Counterforgery in Early Modern Chinese Art

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J.P. Park (University of Oxford, Department of History of Art)


In 1633, Zhang Taijie published a woodblock edition of A Record of Treasured Paintings, an extensive record of his private painting collection. This book could be a very useful resource for historians of Chinese art as it provides accounts of many paintings by artists whose works are no longer existent. There is only one, major problem: the book is a forgery. But Zhang did not stop there: he also forged paintings to match the records in the volume. This paper asks how he was able to pull this off, and at a deeper level examines the historical and analytical irregularities that have been institutionalized in the study of Chinese art. This paper suggests to view forgeries of early modern China as a site of conflict and negotiation in the production and consumption of art invisibly shared between different social groups. 

Date and time:

Wednesday, 4th March, 2020, 16:00-17:30


The University of Oxford China Centre, Lecture Room, Dickson Poon Building, Canterbury Rd, Oxford OX2 6LU

If you have any questions, please contact Dr Anke Hein (

Organized by:

The Oxford Centre for Asian Archaeology, Art & Culture; The Department of History of Art; The School of Archaeology; The University of Oxford China Centre

This event is part of the ongoing project on “Authenticity in China’s Cultural Heritage”, spearheaded by Dr Christopher Foster (Pembroke College) & Dr Anke Hein (School of Archaeology)

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