The Chinese on the Art of Painting: Texts by the Painter-Critics, from the Han Through the Ch'ing Dynasties (Dover Fine Art) (Paperback)

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The Chinese on the Art of Painting: Texts by the Painter-Critics, from the Han Through the Ch'ing Dynasties (Dover Fine Art) (Paperback)

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Because so many Chinese artworks have been ravaged by time, the only way to really understand their history and significance is to turn to writings by the painters themselves or by contemporary critics. That is what Osvald Sir n has done in this classic book, with eye-opening results.
One of the first Western studies to systematically cover the more than two thousand years of Chinese art, this book by a modern expert considers a wide range of topics, including the relationship between religion and art and the different aesthetic philosophies prevalent in different periods. The book covers art works from the Han (third century B.C.) to the T'ang dynasties; the Sung period; aspects of Ch'an Buddhism and its relation to painting; the Y an period; historical theories, methods of study, and aesthetic principles of the Ming dynasty; and individual departures and reassertion of traditional principles during the Ch'ing period.
Readable and intriguing, this volume is a valuable reference for art lovers and historians.
Product Details ISBN: 9780486444284
ISBN-10: 0486444287
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication Date: August 23rd, 2005
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: Dover Fine Art