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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 Chinese dimension to the Furen Christian art

The Chinese dimension to the Furen Christian art

(p.175) 6 The Chinese dimension to the Furen Christian art
The Virgin Mary and Catholic Identities in Chinese History

Jeremy Clarke

Hong Kong University Press

Once the art school of Furen Daxue was established, there was much discussion within Chinese Catholic circles about the merits of producing Christian themes through Chinese art. Some thought the idea was a good one while others thought it was not possible. Yet the development of a Chinese style of Christian art, especially when it comes to Marian images, has been a long-standing feature of the Chinese Catholic Church. To that end then, these artists were not only participating in a proud tradition, they were also connected to the modernizing currents present within Chinese art circles at the time. Several works are discussed, including the devotion known as Sheshan Shengmu.

Keywords:   Inculturation, Furen, Catechesis, Sheshan, Wang Suda, Lu Hongnian, Shanghai, China, Christianity, Catholic, Virgin Mary

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