The Virgin Mother, her Majesty, our Lady…

The Bridge Projects presents an online lecture by Lihui Dong. This lecture describes that hybridity as observed in Chinese Madonna icons made between the 16th and 20th centuries. These icons include the white-robed Chinese Madonna, currently in the collection of Chicago’s Field Museum, the 20th century icon of “Queen Mother-Empress Dowager,” and the consecrated “Our Lady of China” created during the 1920s. The lecture focuses in particular on accounting for iconographic variations vis-a-vis social-political contexts, including the social function of the icon, its audience, its circulation, and the materials used in its production of these transcultural icons.

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