Lecture: Confucius meets Laozi in Han Art
Dec 10, 2011 Saturday 16:00
1F, Associate Mission Building (Shanghai 169 Yuanmingyuan Road)
It was not until the end of Western Han dynasty that Confucius was visually portrayed. In this earliest illustration of Confucius, it depicts the legendary meeting between Confucius and Laozi, which is quite different from the illustrations in later periods, known as Pictures of the Traces of the Sage, which is focused on Confucius and His Disciples. In this image, Confucius was not only identified as “Ancestor of Confucianism” , but also was revered as the “Ideal Emperor” for the Han Dynasty. Meanwhile, Laozi was acclaimed as the “The Teacher of Emperor“.
After the Han Dynasty, the fall of the Confucius ideology has made it rare to depict Confucius as an emperor. Consequently, the story of Confucius consulting Laozi has gradually disappeared in the documents and visual representations of the Han Dynasty. This lecture will highlight the details of the story and the illustration.
Research Fellow at the Center for Archaeology and Art of Zhejiang Univiersy. Specific on the History of Ancient Chinese Art.
Free admission, No need for reservation.