A Companion to Chinese Art by Martin J. Powers, Katherine R. Tsiang

By Martin J. Powers, Katherine R. Tsiang

Exploring the background of paintings in China from its earliest incarnations to the current day, this accomplished quantity comprises dozen newly-commissioned essays spanning the theories, genres, and media primary to chinese language artwork and conception all through its historical past. presents a good choice of essays selling a comparative realizing of China’s lengthy checklist of cultural construction Brings jointly a world crew of students from East and West, whose contributions variety from an summary of pre-modern thought, to these exploring calligraphy, advantageous portray, sculpture, components, and extra Articulates the course within which the sector of chinese language paintings historical past is relocating, in addition to supplying a roadmap for historians attracted to comparative learn or idea Proposes new and revisionist interpretations of the literati culture, which has lengthy been a major staple of chinese language artwork background bargains a wealthy perception into China’s social and political associations, spiritual and cultural practices, and highbrow traditions, along chinese language artwork historical past, conception, and feedback

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We do not claim that this collection offers a comprehensive reference for the art of China. Excellent publications in that genre by Richard Vinograd and Robert Thorpe, or Craig Clunas, already exist. Yet many of these chapters are the first of their kind, offering broad treatment and scholarly depth on such matters as art collecting, print culture, the language of quality in art, personal accessories as art, the visualization of time, or popular literature and visual culture, to name only a few.

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A sign of status from the early centuries CE, fans came to be widely used, made for purchase and presentation as gifts and decorated with seasonal floral and other ornamental patterns as well as figures and landscapes. The earlier form, the round fan, was replaced by the folding fan in the middle of the second millennium. Both were made in large numbers as items that could be collected and exchanged. Artists often worked together to decorate fans with painting and calligraphy, creating tokens of friendship and personalized gifts.

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