How to Read Chinese Paintings (Metropolitan Museum of Art) (Metropolitan Museum of Art Series)

How to Read Chinese Paintings (Metropolitan Museum of Art) (Metropolitan Museum of Art Series)

Illustrated
ISBN13: 9780300141870
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The Chinese often use the expression du hua, "to read a painting," in connection with their study and appreciation of such works. This volume closely "reads" thirty-six masterpieces of Chinese painting from the encyclopedic collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in order to reveal the major characteristics and themes of this rich pictorial tradition. The book examines multiple layers of meaning--style, technique, symbolism, past traditions, and the artist's personal circumstances--through accessible texts and numerous large color details. A dynastic chronology, map, and list of further readings supplement the text. Spanning a thousand years of Chinese art, these landscapes, flowers, birds, figures, religious subjects, and calligraphies illuminate the main goal of every Chinese artist: to capture not only the outer appearance of a subject but also its inner essence.

Type Book
Number Of Pages 184
Item Height 20 mm
Item Width 240 mm
Item Weight 1019 Gram
Product Dimensions 240 x 20 x 306
Publisher Yale University Press
Format Illustrated | 184