Key Works of Western Art: Paris in the Age of Gothic Cathedrals

Sunday, July 7, 2024 to Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Event Time

China Standard Time:
Sunday, July 7; Monday, July 8; Tuesday, July 9; Wednesday, July 10
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Participation Format

*Please download and install the Zoom Application beforehand. Yale Center Beijing’s staff will contact confirmed participants for further testing in advance of the program to ensure a pleasant experience.


  • Four 90-minute online lecture and discussion sessions (a total of 6 hours) over four days
  • An practicum after four sessions, sharing "Which is your favorite artwork or building from the program? Why?" (Format: Any form of multimedia 
    such as writing, audio, image, animation, video, etc.)
  • Yale Center Beijing may choose to publish and feature the best works on its social media platforms

* Those who attend all of the sessions will each receive a certificate of completion.

The language of the event will be English.   



  • Middle / high school / university students and anyone who is interested in art history (Recommendation: be at least 14 years old)
  • English language proficiency for meaningful participation during discussions

Registration Components:

  • One “fast take” response about why this program interests you (in English, 140 words or under)
  • OPTIONAL: English fluency test scores (IELTS or SSAT or SAT or TOEFL or Duolingo)

* Registration is subject to approval. Participants do not need to take an English fluency test to qualify for the program.


  • Early Bird (by April 1): RMB 3,999  
  • Group Discount Price (at least two persons) or Students Ticket: RMB 4,288 per person
  • Standard Ticket: RMB 5,999

*The registration fee for the event is non-refundable. Unless due to a force majeure reason, Yale Center Beijing will not refund any part of the registration fee if a participant fails to attend the event.


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The Program 

As Paris claims the world’s attention during the Olympic games, this program explores the city’s role as the most important center of royal power, intellectual life, architectural innovation, and artistic productivity in medieval Western Europe. We will examine the key twelfth- and thirteenth-century churches that survive there – the abbey church of St-Denis, the cathedral of Notre-Dame, and the royal chapel known as the Sainte-Chapelle – as conglomerations of architecture, sculpture, painting, stained glass, and interior furnishings that give insights into the intellectual, political, and religious concerns of their time. We will also turn to the world of expert artisans at the royal court and in the city’s neighborhoods – ivory carvers, embroiderers, goldsmiths, and manuscript painters – who established Paris’s status as the European capital of style and taste.


  • Beginnings: Lutetia – Paris – St-Denis

  • From St. Stephen to Our Lady: The Cathedral of Notre Dame

  • Paris as New Jerusalem: The Sainte-Chapelle

  • Ivory, Gold, Silk, and Parchment: The Fine Arts of Medieval Paris




Jacqueline Jung
Professor of History of Art, Yale University

Professor Jacqueline Jung is a specialist in the art and architecture of medieval Europe in the History of Art department at Yale University. She also teaches an introductory course called Art and Architecture of the Sacred: A Global Perspective, which explores religious sites and buildings from many cultures and time periods. She has written two books: The Gothic Screen: Space, Sculpture, and Community in the Cathedrals of France and Germany (2013), and Eloquent Bodies: Movement, Expression, and the Human Figure in Gothic Sculpture (2020).  


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