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Chinese Art 中国艺术
Distant Mountains: Chinese painting of the late Ming Dynasty, 1570-1644 by
Call Number: Oversize ND1043 .C33 v.3
Publication Date: 1982-11-01
This third volume in James Cahill's ongoing account of later Chinese painting turns to the art of the late Ming dynasty. The time span is less than a hundred years, encompassing the years from 1570, through the decline of Ming fortunes, to the dynasty's final defeat by the Manchu hordes from the north in 1644. The turbulence of the period was echoed in its art, which saw the creation of some of China's great masterworks. Treated in detail are the lives and works of some forty-two of the period's leading artists. There are over 150 plates, including 19 in color.
World of Art Series Chinese Art by
Call Number: N7340 .T73 1997
Publication Date: 1997-05-17
Traces the history of Chinese painting and sculpture and describes important movements and themes
Art in China by
Call Number: N7340 .C59 1997
Publication Date: 1997-05-08
China can boast a history of art lasting 5,000 years and embracing a huge diversity of images and objects - jade tablets, painted silk handscrolls and fans, ink and lacquer painting, porcelain-ware, sculptures, and calligraphy.
Chinese Art by
Publication Date: 2012-01-01
Dealing not only with architecture, sculpture, and painting, but also with bronze and ceramics, this text offers a complete panorama of Chinese arts and civilisation. In his text, the author Bushell stresses the importance of knowing the society to understand the arts.
Chinese Art in Detail by
Call Number: N7340 .M48 2006
Publication Date: 2006-11-30
Drawing on the British Museum's extensive collection, Chinese Art in Detail explores the traditional hierarchy of materials and techniques reaching back as far as the Han Dynasty in the third century B.C.--with calligraphy and painting most revered, followed by jades and bronzes, decorative arts such as lacquer, porcelain, and silk, and, finally, sculpture for religious and funerary use. Images of complete artifacts set against magnified details give readers the rare opportunity to appreciate the delicacies of technique and material that characterize much of Chinese art
Three Thousand Years of Chinese Painting by
Call Number: Oversize ND1040 .T48 1997
Publication Date: 2002-08-11
Written by a team of eminent international scholars, this book is the first to recount the history of Chinese painting over a span of some 3000 years.
The Three Perfections by
Call Number: Oversize ND1040 .S78 1999
Publication Date: 1999-10-01
The author (emeritus, St. Catherine's College) is an expert on Oriental Art. He investigates what, and why, the Chinese write on their paintings, analyzing the sources of this custom in Chinese culture. The volume includes 26 reproductions of works of art illustrating key concepts.
The Odyssey of China's Imperial Art Treasures by
Call Number: N8846.C6 E44 2005 (also on JSTOR)
Publication Date: 2015-08-03
Tracing the 3000-year history of the Chinese imperial collections, from the Bronze Age to the 21st century, this title follows the gradual formation of the Peking Palace Museum in 1925, its hasty fragmentation as large parts of the collection were moved, and finally its formal division into what are two Palace Museums.
Chinese Religious Art by
Publication Date: 2013-12-19
Chinese Religious Art is a broad survey of the origins and development of the various forms of artistic expression of Chinese religions. The study begins with an overview of ancient archaeology in order to identify nascent religious ideologies in various Neolithic Cultures and early Chinese historical eras including the Shang dynasty (1300-1050 BCE) and Zhou Dynasty(1000-221 BCE) up until the era of the First Emperor (221-210 BCE) Part Two treats Confucianism as a religious tradition examining its scriptures, images, temples and rituals. Adopted as the state ideology in the Han dynasty, Confucian ideas permeated society for over two thousand years. Part Three considers the various schools of Daoist belief and their expression in art. Part Four covers the development of Buddhist art beginning with its entry into China in the second century. Using historical records and artistic evidence, much of which has not been published, this study examines their individual and shared manner of worshipping the divine forces."
Body and Face in Chinese Visual Culture by
Call Number: Oversize N7574.5.C6 B63 2005
Publication Date: 2004-12-01
Traditionally the "Chinese body" was approached as a totality and explained by sweeping comparisons of the differences that distinguished Chinese examples from their Western counterparts. Recently, scholars have argued that we must look at particular examples of Chinese images of the body and explore their intrinsic conceptual complexity and historical specificity.The twelve contributors to this volume adopt a middle position.
Creatures Real and Imaginary in Chinese and Japanese Art by
Call Number: N7660 .K74 2015
Publication Date: 2015-07-10
This guide to identifying lions, unicorns and other creatures real and fanciful in Chinese and Japanese artwork explains how these and other animal depictions were introduced to the East, and how their portrayals changed over time.
The China Collectors: America's century-long hunt for Asian art treasures by
Call Number: N7340 .M475 2015
Publication Date: 2015-03-10
Thanks to Salem sea captains, Gilded Age millionaires, curators on horseback and missionaries gone native, North American museums now possess the greatest collections of Chinese art outside of East Asia itself. How did it happen?
The Mongol Century: visual cultures of Yuan China, 1271-1368 by
Call Number: N7343.4 .M39 2015
Publication Date: 2015-01-01
The Mongol Century explores the visual world of China’s Yuan dynasty (1271–1368), the spectacular but short-lived regime founded by Khubilai Khan. It incorporates the full range of visual media of the East Asia region to reconsider the impact Mongol culture had in China, from urban architecture and design to tomb murals and porcelain, and from calligraphy and printed paper money to stone sculpture.
Screen of Kings: royal art and power in Ming China by
Call Number: N7343.5 .C63 2013
Publication Date: 2013-06-01
The first book to examine the cultural role of the regional aristocracy – relatives of the emperors – in Ming dynasty China (1368–1644). Through an analysis of their patronage of architecture, calligraphy, painting and other art forms, and through a study of the contents of their splendid and recently-excavated tombs, this innovative study puts the aristocracy back at the heart of accounts of China’s culture, from which they have been excluded until very recently
The Chinese Literati on Painting: Su Shih (1037-1101) to Tung Ch'i-ch'ang (1555-1636) by
Publication Date: 2013-01-29
This classic work, first published in 1971, explores the transition in painting styles from the late Sung period to the art of Yuan dynasty literati. Building on the pioneering work of Oswald Siren and James Cahill, Susan Bush's investigations of painting done under the Chin dynasty confirmed the dominance of scholar-artists in the north and their gradual development of scholarly painting traditions, and a related study of Northern Sung writings showed that their theory was shaped as much by the views of their social class as by their artistic aims. Bush's perspective on Sung scholars' art and theory helps explain the emergence of literati painting as the main artistic tradition in Yuan times. Social history thus served to supplement an understanding of the evolution of artistic styles.
Pictures for Use and Pleasure: vernacular painting in high Qing China by
Call Number: Oversize ND1452.C6 C34 2010
Publication Date: 2010-09-01
James Cahill expands the field of Chinese pictorial art history, opening both scholarly studies and popular appreciation to vernacular paintings, "pictures for use and pleasure." These were works commissioned and appreciated during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries by the non-elites of Chinese society, including women. Traditional Chinese collectors, like present-day scholars of Chinese painting, have favored the "literati" paintings of the Chinese male elite, disparaging vernacular works, often intended as decorations or produced to mark a special occasion. Cahill challenges the dominant dogma and doctrine of the literati, showing how the vernacular images, both beautiful and appealing, strengthen our understanding of High Qing culture. They bring to light the Qing or Manchu emperors' fascination with erotic culture in the thriving cities of the Yangtze Delta and demonstrate the growth of figure painting in and around Beijing's imperial court. They also revise our understanding of gender roles and show how Chinese artists made use of European styles. By introducing a large, rich body of works, Pictures for Use and Pleasure opens new windows on later Chinese life and society.
Contemporary Chinese art : primary documents by
Call Number: N7345 .C665 2010
Publication Date: 2010
Heavily illustrated, this collection brings together carefully selected primary texts on contemporary Chinese art, arranged in chronological order
New Museums in China by
Publication Date: 2013-10-29
Museums in China are booming. Once scarce, they have multiplied rapidly, with more than one thousand opening during the last decade. They are now found throughout the country in megacities, smaller urban centers, and even in more remote places. New Museums in China presents fifty-one of the most innovative museums in beautiful photographs, detailed drawings, and insightful texts based on interviews with an international slate of architects.
A preview of Keswick's book is available on Google Books.
The Chinese Garden: history, art, and architecture by
Call Number: Oversize SB457.55 .K47 2003
Publication Date: 2003-05-15
Dense with winding paths, dominated by huge rock piles and buildings squeezed into small spaces, the characteristic Chinese garden is, for many foreigners, so unlike anything else as to be incomprehensible. Only on closer acquaintance does it offer up its mysteries. Keswick conducts us through the art and architecture, the principles and techniques of Chinese gardens, showing us their long history as the background for a civilization--the settings for China's great poets and painters, the scenes of ribald parties and peaceful contemplation, political intrigues and family festivals. Updated and expanded in this third edition, with an introduction by Alison Hardie, many new illustrations, and an updated list of gardens in China accessible to visitors, Keswick's engaging work remains unparalleled as an introduction to the Chinese garden.
The Gardens of Suzhou by
Publication Date: 2012-12-18
Suzhou, near Shanghai, is among the great garden cities of the world. The city's masterpieces of classical Chinese garden design, built from the eleventh through the nineteenth centuries, attract thousands of visitors each year and continue to influence international design. In The Gardens of Suzhou, landscape architect and scholar Ron Henderson guides visitors through seventeen of these gardens. Suzhou's gardens were designed by scholars and intellectuals to be domestic spaces that drew upon China's rich visual and literary tradition, embedding cultural references within the landscapes.
Gardens of a Chinese Emperor: Imperial Creations of the Qianlong Era, 1736-1796 by
Publication Date: 2013-06-12
The Garden of Perfect Brightness (Yuanming Yuan) in the western suburbs of the Qing capital, Beijing, was begun by the great Kangxi (r. 1661 1722) and expanded by his son, Yongzheng (r. 1722 1735) and brought to its greatest glory by his grandson, Qianlong (r. 1736 1796). A lover of literature and art, Qinglong sought an earthly reflection of his greatness in his Yuanming Yuan. For many years he designed and directed an elaborate program of garden arrangements.
The Chinese Garden by
Publication Date: 2011-01-01
This series presents various garden types from the perspective of contemporary landscape and garden design. Starting from the formidable beauty of the world's most distinguished gardens, they point the way toward the essential compositional principles, the plants most commonly utilised and their most characteristic uses. The panorama of "The Chinese Garden" stretches from the surviving historical gardens all the way to such modern examples as the garden at the Bank of China in Hong Kong (designed by I. M. Pei), Ai Weiwei s Yiwu Riverbank Park, the Garden of Flowering Fragrance in the Los Angeles, California, region and the Garden of Awakening Orchids in Portland, Oregon."
Another World Lies Beyond: creating Liu Fang Yuan, the Huntington's Chinese garden by
Call Number: SB457.55 .A56 2009
Publication Date: 2009-01-27
From the Lake of Reflected Fragrance to the Pavilion for Washing Away Thoughts to the Isle of Alighting Geese, this gorgeously illustrated volume explores the Huntington's Chinese Garden--Liu Fang Yuan, or the Garden of Flowing Fragrance--one of the largest such gardens outside China. It resembles those created in seventeenth-century Suzhou, offering awe-inspiring views and architecture and evoking an era when scholars sought quiet, intimate gardens in which to retreat, write poetry, and practice calligraphy, among many other pursuits. The contributors to "Another World Lies Beyond "discuss the challenges of constructing the garden in Southern California as well as the cultural traditions and aesthetics of Chinese garden design, especially the ways in which the plants and structures engage the imagination of visitors. Inscribed poetic couplets, literary allusions, botanical motifs, and evocative names for structures reveal layers of symbolism for exploration and interpretation.
The Craft of Gardens by
Call Number: Oversize SB457.55 .C4713 2012
Publication Date: 2012-04-10
With dozens of stunning photographs, this modern translation of a Classic text is a masterpiece of classical Chinese gardening. Ji Cheng's great work on garden design, theYuan Ye orCraft of Gardens, was originally published around 1631 and is the earliest manual of landscape gardening in the Chinese tradition.
The Great Gardens of China: history, concepts, techniques by
Call Number: Oversize SB457.55 .F36 2010
Publication Date: 2010-09-28
The garden--a place for refined pleasure and spiritual relaxation--has its roots in ancient China. Western travelers from Marco Polo onward marveled at the intricacy, the elaborate buildings, the subtle design, and the assured use of plants, water, and natural materials in Chinese landscapes. The Great Gardens of China shows, through stunning original photography and cogent text, both the visual splendors of China's finest gardens and explains their ideas and techniques in accessible terms. Beginning with an introduction to Chinese beliefs and the historical development of garden design, this book discusses the basic aesthetics and landscaping elements--architecture, rock stacking, waterscapes, plants, borders, and scenic routes--used in Chinese garden design. The author, an expert in the history and theory of Chinese and international gardens, also describes specific gardens, from famed world cultural heritage sites like the Summer Palace in Beijing and the gardens of Suzhou--Lion Grove, Humble Administrator's, Lingering, and Master-of-Nets Gardens--to the lesser known.
Royal Gardens by
Call Number: NA8450 .C46 2015
Publication Date: 2015-03-03
Royal Gardens explores the development of Chinese imperial gardens, from the Shang dynasty to the Qing dynasty. I
Exhibition Catalogs in the Library
Hidden Meanings in Chinese Art by
Call Number: Oversize NK1483.A1 B37 2006
Publication Date: 2006-09-01
Can decorative objects increase one's wealth, happiness, or longevity? Traditionally, many Chinese have believed that they could;as long as they included the appropriate auspicious symbols. In this book former Asian Art Museum curator of Himalayan and Chinese decorative art Terese Tse Bartholomew, culminating decades of research, provides a thorough guide to such symbols.
Taoism and the Arts of China by
Call Number: Oversize N8199.T3 L58 2000
Publication Date: 2000-11-30
Taoism and the Arts of Chinabrings together a remarkable collection of art from one of China's most ancient and influential traditions. Produced to accompany the first major exhibition ever organized on the Taoist philosophy and religion, this opulent book includes more than 150 works of art from as early as the late Zhou dynasty (fifth-third century b.c.) to the Qing dynasty (1644-1911).
Half-Life of a Dream by
Call Number: N72.S6 H28 2008
Publication Date: 2008-08-04
A survey of post-Tiananmen Square Chinese art and culture. Contemporary Chinese art is more haunted than cynical, more a matter of a nation's suppressed psychic expression than of pop iconoclasm or ironic detachment. The paintings, sculptures, and installations of such Chinese artists as Ai Weiwei, Liu Xiaodong, Zhang Xiaogang, and Lin Tianmiao convey the shadows that trouble their nation as it undergoes a rapid process of modernization
China : Dawn of a Golden Age, 200-750 AD by
Call Number: Oversize N7343.23 .C55 2004
Publication Date: 2004-10-11
"The integration of foreign motifs and styles with the traditional arts of China is the focus of this catalogue and the landmark exhibition that it accompanies, held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition compromises some three hundred objects, most of them excavated in recent years and many never before seen outside China. Each work is discussed in terms of its aesthetic qualities and art-historical significance and in the context of the philosophical and religious ideas that are reflected in iconography and style."
Here are some examples of books you may find useful.
A History of Far Eastern Art by
Call Number: Oversize N7336 .L43 1994b
Publication Date: 1993-12-02
This extensively-illustrated, comprehensive survey history of ALL of Far Eastern art from 5000 B.C. to A.D. 1860 follows a chronological, geographical/cultural, medium organization throughout.
The art of East Asia by
Call Number: Oversize N7337 .F34 1999
Publication Date: 1999
Contents: China -- Calligraphy -- Jade -- Indonesia -- The Kingdom of the Khmer -- Textiles in southeast Asia -- Japan -- Korea.
Buddhist art and architecture by
Call Number: N8193.A4 F57 1993
Publication Date: 1993
Contents: The subject-matter of Buddhist art -- India and neighbouring regions -- China -- Korea and Japan -- South-East Asia.