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International Journal of New Developments in Engineering and Society, 2020, 4(3); doi: 10.25236/IJNDES.040315.



Lisa (Yuetong) Li

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Lisa (Yuetong) Li

William and Mary College,Williamsburg, Virginia, 23187


This article is a comparative study of European and Chinese arts during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Unlike the earlier studies which emphasized unilateral Chinese impacts on European art, this study examines mutual artistic influence between China and Europe. It also discusses how Europeans initiated the artistic communication and absorbed the chinoiserie as part of the Rococo, and how Chinese interacted with European missionary artists and adopted Rococo elements and techniques in the courtly art. Rather than imitating indiscriminately, European and Chinese artists combined the exotic novelties with their own patterns, forming these uniquely blended styles, and kept the communication until the early nineteenth century. This paper provides a history of cultural exchange between East and West through a systematic analysis of contemporary paintings, literature, architecture, and craftworks.


Rococo, chinoiserie, missionary artists, Chinese courtly art, intercultural communication

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Lisa (Yuetong) Li. THE ARTISTIC COMMUNICATION BETWEEN EUROPE AND CHINA IN THE SEVENTEENTH AND EIGHTEENTH CENTURIES. International Journal of New Developments in Engineering and Society (2020) Vol.4, Issue 3: 158-178. https://doi.org/10.25236/IJNDES.040315.


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