The Arts of China 900-1620

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Yale University Press, 1995 - Art - 286 pages
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This beautiful book is the second in a major three-volume series that will survey China’s immense wealth of art, architecture, and artifacts from prehistoric times to the twentieth century. Volume 2 covers the most prolific and broad-ranging period of Chinese art history, from the Song Dynasty with its spectacular landscape paintings to the Ming Dynasty with its lovely pottery. William Watson considers architecture, painting, sculpture, and the decorative arts in equal balance. He follows styles and motifs as they are developed in each medium from one province to another and discusses materials and techniques as well as the iconography and function of every art form. He also explores relationships between one media and another, tracing, for example, the influence of Buddhist iconography on sculptural traditions and on the architecture of temples and towers and showing how ceramic ornament affected the development of ornament in other media.
 

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Richly illustrated and full of factual information, this second of a three-volume series on Chinese art demonstrates once again the reassuring quality of scholarship exhibited in the "Pelican History ... Read full review

Contents

the Earlier Phase
19
the Later Phase
34
Painting under Southern Song 1127127g
51
Towers and the Imaginary
67
The Wooden Frame Brick Building Domestic
85
Sculpture
105
Landscape Plants and Trees Painted under Yuan 12791368
139
g Mural Painting
161
Painting under Ming 13681643
175
Decorative Themes under Yuan and Ming
229
Notes
261
Work Consulted
272
Glossary
279
Photographic Acknowledgements 287
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Watson is emeritus professor of Chinese art and archaeology at the University of London.

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