Download e-book for kindle: A Companion to Chinese Art by Martin J. Powers, Katherine R. Tsiang

By Martin J. Powers, Katherine R. Tsiang

ISBN-10: 1444339133

ISBN-13: 9781444339130

Exploring the historical past of artwork in China from its earliest incarnations to the current day, this accomplished quantity comprises dozen newly-commissioned essays spanning the theories, genres, and media imperative to chinese language artwork and conception all through its history.

  • Provides an excellent selection of essays selling a comparative knowing of China’s lengthy list of cultural production
  • Brings jointly a world workforce of students from East and West, whose contributions variety from an outline of pre-modern conception, to these exploring calligraphy, superb portray, sculpture, add-ons, and more
  • Articulates the course during which the sphere of chinese language artwork heritage is relocating, in addition to delivering a roadmap for historians attracted to comparative examine or theory
  • Proposes new and revisionist interpretations of the literati culture, which has lengthy been a massive staple of chinese language artwork history
  • Offers a wealthy perception into China’s social and political associations, non secular and cultural practices, and highbrow traditions, along chinese language artwork heritage, thought, and criticism

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Luxurious surroundings were expected too: courts employed craftsmen, such as bronze casters, jade carvers, and painters to fashion the palace accoutrements. Although most Chinese courts in the imperial era gave employment or commissions to painters, the institutional arrangements changed over time, as did the types of paintings made. Through the Tang period and into the Song, court painters devoted much of their time to painting murals and screens for palaces, government offices, and Buddhist and Daoist temples funded by the court.

Bronze mirrors continued in common use into recent centuries, and traveling mirror polishers plied their services together with other street tradesmen. Similarly, fans were an art form made in large numbers as personal accoutrements. 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.

Jang presents a richly textured picture of the complexity and variety of the art market that reached a high point in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. As artists, dealers, and collectors collaborated to serve this extensive market, imitations and reproductions abounded and played many roles. They could be created as examples for study and emulation, for sale in the popular market, or as expensive forgeries of the work of famous artists. The discourse and terminology of these various kinds of copying and imitation are the focus of Ginger Hsu’s chapter in this volume.

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