Colonialism and Modernity

Jeremy Tambling and Louis Lo

in Walking Macao, Reading the Baroque

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9789622099371
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207660 | DOI:
Colonialism and Modernity

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This chapter discusses the Western paintings and ruins in Macao. It begins by showing how the European colonisation used the A-Ma Temple. Visitors can find a number of paintings by Western artists, such as the London-born and trained George Chinnery, who painted scenes from four different colonial stanzes. It then moves to a discussion of other Western paintings in Macao, which includes a mention of the “modernity” of the paintings. Finally, the chapter looks at the ruins in Macao, and states that these are not romantic signs of decay, but show that any structure is marked by incompleteness.

Keywords: Western paintings; ruins; Macao; European colonisation; A-Ma Temple; George Chinnery; modernity; colonial

Chapter.  5379 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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