Catholic art in China (1846-1926)
Professor Wan, Qingli (Principal investigator)
Other Funding Scheme
After the Opium War, catholic churches were built first all over Shanghai then other cities. Within that period, workshops were set up to train Chinese apprentices by European catholic missionaries to produce icons and sculptures for churches in China. One of the earliest workshops appeared in 1850s at Shanghai Tou-se-wei called Tou-se-wei Studio which lasted for 80 years and trained over one hundred Chinese orphans (through six years' apprenticeship). Among the graduates from the Studio, some become the first generation of Chinese artists of western painting and sculpture and they later established their own studio to have taught innumerable students. This is a virtually unexplored area in field of art history. Due to restraints in time and funding, I can only arrived at a preliminary stage of this research project.