Roslyn L. HAMMERS 韓若蘭

Associate Professor 副教授
UG Coordinator

Tel: 3917-2612
Office: Room 10.19, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus

BA, University of Pittsburg; MA, PhD University of Michigan

Dr. Hammers conducts research on the history of Chinese art and art theory. She is interested in the representations of labor and technologically-informed imagery. Her book Pictures of Tilling and Weaving: Art, Labor and Technology in Song and Yuan China (Hong Kong University Press, 2011) is a recipient of the College Art Association’s Millard Meiss prize. She is presently finishing a book-length manuscript on the Qing-dynasty Pictures of Tilling and Weaving and writing two articles, one on the acculturation of nature in Song-dynasty art and the other on the representations of cotton production in the Qing era.

Chinese Art and Architecture, South Asian Art and Architecture

Chinese art and theory, representations of labor and technologically-informed imagery

Selected Publications

The Imperial Patronage of Labor Genre Paintings in Eighteenth-Century China. New York: Routledge, 2021.

Pictures of Tilling and Weaving: Art, Labor, and Technology in Song and Yuan China. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2011.

“Regarding the People in ‘Genre Painting’ or Fengsu Hua in the Song Dynasty,” in The Pride of China: Masterpieces of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy of the Jin, tang, Song, and Yuan Dynasty from the Palace Museum, ed. Hong Kong Museum of Art, 80-95. Hong Kong: Leisure & Cultural Services Department, 2007.

“The Qianlong rubbings of 13th-century Pictures of Tilling: A Tale of three grandsons,” Bulletin of the Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong 16 (2016): 106-113.

“Khubilai Khan Hunting: Tribute to the Great Khan,” Artibus Asiae 75, no. 1 (2015): 5-41.

“Dagmar Schafer, The Crafting of the 10,000 Things: Knowledge and technology in seventeenth-century China,” East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine 2013, no. 30 (2014): 86-89.

Current Courses

CCHU9018 Art and Ideas: East and West

ARTH3031 Image, text, visuality: Painting in and around China during the 12th to 14th centuries

ARTH7004 Seminar in Chinese art

Past Courses

ARTH2053 Beauties and the beasts: Song and Yuan painting

ARTH2062 Land and Garden in Chinese art

ARTH2067  Architecture of East Asia

ARTH4002 Perspectives in Asian art


HKU Scholars Hub research page

Reaching beyond HKU
R.L. Hammers at the Oriental Ceramic Society HK – The Noble labour of the Qianlong emperor: The Pictures of Tilling and Weaving at work