Synopses & Reviews
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 Sirand#233;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 Tand#8217;ang dynasties; the Sung period; aspects of Chand#8217;an Buddhism and its relation to painting; the Yand#252;an period; historical theories, methods of study, and aesthetic principles of the Ming dynasty; and individual departures and reassertion of traditional principles during the Chand#8217;ing period.
Readable and intriguing, this volume is a valuable reference for art lovers and historians.
"The most notable publication [on Chinese art] ... Still a good reference source."
In one of the first Western systematic studies on more than two millennia of Chinese art, one of the 20th century's premier experts in the field considers a wide range of topics, including the relationship between religion and art, and the various aesthetical philosophies prevalent during the individual dynastic periods.
One of the first Western systematic studies on more than two thousand years of Chinese art by a premier expert in the field. Includes comments by noted landscapists, poet-painters, historians, and theoreticians during the Sung dynasty, methods of study and aesthetic principles of the Ming period, and more. 7 black-and-white plates of illustrations.
Table of Contents
From the Han to the T'ang Dynasty
The Sung Period
and#160; Landscapists and Poet-Painters
and#160; Historians and Theoreticians
Ch'an Buddhism and its Relation to Painting
The Yand#252;an Period
The Mind Period
and#160; Historical Theories and Methods of Study
and#160; Aesthetic Principles and Technical Questions
The Ch'ing Period
and#160; New Individual Departures
and#160; Traditional Principles Reasserted
Index of Chinese Names, Terms and Books