This beautiful book is the second in a major three-volume series that will survey China's immense wealth of art, architecture, and artefacts from prehistoric times to the twentieth century. It 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 medium 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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William Watson is emeritus professor of Chinese art and archaeology at the University of London. #)From Library Journal:
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 of Art" series. Eloquently and cohesively presented, this book covers both expressive and decorative arts, including painting, ceramics, sculpture, towers, and temples, from the Song dynasty to the Ming dynasty, with a brief extension into Qing. Watson (emeritus, Chinese art and archaeology, Univ. of London) leads the reader on a journey that is both heavily loaded and pleasurable. Line drawings and elevations are especially helpful in summarizing the evolution of the various pictorial forms of each medium. Spectacular shapes of towers and domestic architectural forms captivate the reader's imagination. Heavily noted, indexed with a list of works consulted, and including a glossary, this book deserves a place in all art collections of public and academic libraries.DLucia S. Chen, NYPL
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Buchbeschreibung New Haven, Yale University Press, 2000. 286 Seiten Very good condition. Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 1950 29,4 x 22,7 x 2,7 cm, cloth with dust jacket and slipcase. Artikel-Nr. 551785