Dreaming the Southern Song Landscape: The Power of Illusion in Chinese Painting

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BRILL, 1999 - Art - 214 pages
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Establishing a new approach to reading Chinese landscape painting, this work centers around an early key example of scholarly painting, viz. "Dream Journey on the Xiao and Xiang Rivers" (late 12th century). The author restores the status of "Dream Journey" as a cultural icon for Confucians, an object of contemplation for aesthetes, an imaginary dream journey for poets, and an incentive to cultivate one's moral intentions for both Buddhist monks and lay scholars. Also it is convincingly argued that scholarly painting originates in the Southern Song (1127-1279) and not, as is commonly thought, in the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368).
  

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Contents

Imaginary Refuge for Scholars and Monks
10
The Eight Views of Xiao Xiang Poetic Landscape Painting
64
Ink Shadows of Jiangnan
100
Workings of the Artists Mind the Metaphysics of Poetic Dream Journeys
135
After Dream Journey the Orthodox Confucian Landscape
160
BIBLIOGRAPHY
179
Position and Reading of Seals on Dream Journey
197
INDEX
209
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Valerie Malenfer Ortiz, Ph.D. (1990) in Fine Arts, Harvard University, has published on the history of Chinese painting, concentrating on the Southern Song and Ming periods.

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