Arts and Culture
Art of the Yuan dynasty (1260-1368) is traditionally characterized in divisive terms and as an opposition between the Han Chinese and the Mongols. In this sense, Yuan art of the Han Chinese is often understood as a reaction against foreign suppression, the loss of traditional values, and the adaptation to new social and economic realities. Mongol art, on the other hand, is often understood in terms of its foreignness, military prowess, and as the harbinger of cultural change. However, recent developments in the study of Yuan art suggest that the social identities of Yuan artists may not have been as clear-cut and fixed as always assumed, and consequently, that interpretations and meanings of the Yuan works of art were neither circumscribed as statically. This panel will therefore investigate the new dynamics of the multiple, changing, and shifting identities of art in the Yuan period, in the hope of revisioning some long-established views on Yuan art.