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The Virgin Mary and Catholic Identities in Chinese History$
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Jeremy Clarke

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9789888139996

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888139996.001.0001

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The Furen art department

The Furen art department

(p.143) 5 The Furen art department
The Virgin Mary and Catholic Identities in Chinese History

Jeremy Clarke

Hong Kong University Press

Two of the key ways the Chinese Catholic Church sought to develop its identity further were through education and the creation of unique visual images. In the early twentieth century, efforts of Chinese Catholics like Ma Xiangbo and Ying Lianzhi to start a Catholic University were supported by the influential Celso Costantini and the Catholic University of Peking (Furen Daxue). Costantini was also instrumental in ensuring that this university had an art department that produced Chinese Catholic images, many of which had Marian devotions as their themes. Chinese Catholic artists like Luke Chen Yuandu emerged from this department.

Keywords:   Furen, Catholic University of Peking, Costantini, Luke Chen Yuandu, Marian devotions, Art, China, Christianity, Catholic, Virgin Mary

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