Luck, Wealth, Longevity and Happiness: Symbolism in Chinese Art

Presented by Catherine Pagani, Ph.D. professor of art history and chair of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Alabama

Symbolism holds an important place in Chinese culture and art. Found between both the
peasant and elite strata of society, symbolic messages offer wishes ranging from prosperity to immortality.
Drawing from Daoism, Buddhism and Confucianism, as well as ancient myths and legends, these symbols were
believed to have the power to effect change and could offer a means of communication with the spirit world.
Symbols communicated to the illiterate and educated equally are found on a variety of art forms. Using slides of
art objects including porcelain, textiles, jade, paper cuts and woodblock prints, Pagani discusses the social and
cultural significance of these various symbols to Chinese society.

A digital projector and large screen are requested.

Contact Catherine Pagani to book this presentation
cpagani@as.ua.edu
(205) 348-9944