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Collecting through Six Generations: Weng Family Collection of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy



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The Weng Family Collection is considered among the greatest private holdings of Chinese art in the United States.


Wang Hui. Ten Thousand Miles along the Yangzi River (detail), 1699. Gift of the Wan-go H. C. Weng Collection and the Weng family, in honor of Weng Tonghe, Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Join scholar Christina Yu Yu, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as she explores the Weng Family Collection, which was donated to the MFA, Boston, in 2018. Yu traces the Weng family lineage, starting from the Ming dynasty; shows you the Weng family home and garden in Changshu, Jiangsu Province; and offers a close look at some highlights of the collection.

Christina Yu Yu is the Matsutaro Shoriki Chair of Art of Asia at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. A noted scholar of Chinese art, she leads a team of curators in overseeing the MFA’s collection of more than 100,000 works from East Asia, South and Southeast Asia, and the Islamic world and developing special exhibitions and publications of Asian arts and cultures. Before joining the MFA, Yu served as the inaugural director of the Pacific Asia Museum at the University of Southern California, and assistant curator of Chinese art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Yu was born and raised in China and completed her PhD at the University of Chicago


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