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Masterpieces of Chinese painting, 700-1900 / edited by Zhang Hongxing ; with essays by Ling Lizhong, Itakura Masaaki, Charles Mason, Shane McCausland, Camille Schmitt, Clarissa von Spee ; catalogue introductions by Roderick Whitfield
Bib ID 8078430
Format BookBook [cartographic image, text, volume]
Description London : V&A Publishing, 2013 
©2013 
358 pages : illustrations (some colour), 1 colour map ; 30 cm. 
ISBN 9781851777563 (hardback)
Summary

"Painting has always been regarded by the Chinese as a supreme art, its merits equal to those of poetry and philosophy. The tradition can be traced over 2,500 years, but - from very early on - many Chinese paintings were made to be viewed on a temporary basis, displayed for just a few hours, or perhaps several weeks. The masterpieces of the form have been seen very rarely, and then only by few, particularly in the West. This spectacular book accompanies a major V&A exhibition that brings together some of the world's masterpieces on silk and paper - many of which will be displayed only for a short time. Presenting works from the richest and most representative collections in the world, the book is an authoritative guide to these great works, and includes the best paintings by the greatest masters as well as those by lesser-known artists. Written by a team of international scholars, the book explains the background against which Chinese painters worked, as well as the original social context of the paintings and their display in the palace, temple, studio or tomb." -- Book jacket.

Full contents
  • Introduction / Zhang Hongxing
  • Categories of paintings in China genres and subjects / Shane McCausland
  • Inscriptions and seal marks / Zhang Hongxing
  • Setting milestones : collecting classical Chinese paintings in Europe / Charles Mason
  • Chinese paintings that crossed the sea : the development of Chinese art collections in Japan / Itakura Masaaki
  • A brief history of collecting paintings and calligraphy in China / Ling Lizhong
  • The presentation and preservation of Chinese scroll paintings / Camille Schmitt
  • Catalogue / with introductions by Roderick Whitfield. Introduction / Zhang Hongxing
  • Categories of paintings in China genres and subjects / Shane McCausland
  • Inscriptions and seal marks / Zhanf Hongxing
 
Notes

Published on the occasion of the exhibition held at the V&A, October 26 2013 to January 19 2014.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 337-349) and index.

Subjects Painting, Chinese -- Catalogs.  |  Painting, Chinese -- Tang-Five dynasties, 618-960 -- Exhibitions.  |  Painting, Chinese -- Song-Yuan dynasties, 960-1368 -- Exhibitions.  |  Painting, Chinese -- Ming-Qing dynasties, 1368-1912 -- Exhibitions.  |  Kina.
Form/genre Exhibition catalogues
Other authors/contributors Zhang, Hongxing, 1961-, editor of compilation  |  Ling, Lizhong, writer of supplementary textual content  |  Itakura, Masaaki, 1965-, writer of supplementary textual content  |  Mason, Charles (Charles Quinn), 1969-, writer of supplementary textual content  |  McCausland, Shane, 1968-, writer of supplementary textual content  |  Schmitt, Camille, writer of supplementary textual content  |  Von Spee, Clarissa, writer of supplementary textual content  |  Whitfield, Roderick, writer of introduction  |  Victoria and Albert Museum, issuing body, host institution

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