Pictures and Visuality in Early Modern China

Clunas, Craig (1997) Pictures and Visuality in Early Modern China. Picturing History . Reaktion Books, London, 221 pp. ISBN 9781861890085

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Abstract

The sixteenth century in China was a period of rapid and unprecedented economic expansion. The period also saw a parallel growth in the sphere of cultural production,as a growing class of consumers benefited from the formation of one of the classic early modern consumer societies.

Pictures were a major source of consumable luxury at this time; pictures not only in the form of images classifiable as 'art', but also in the form of wall decoration, in books, maps, images on ceramics, and even on the dress of the prosperous. Artefacts that had previously been decorated with formal patterns now bore landscape scenes, representations of historical characters and incidents, and scenes from literature, often closely related to the world of the illustrated book.

This is the first attempt to survey this vast array of images in all its aspects, providing a stimulating and innovative point of entry to Chinese history. Pictures and Visuality in Early Modern China will be of interest to students of China's history and culture and to anyone exploring theories of visuality.

Item Type: Book
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Art History
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Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 21:23
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2012 10:58
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/31071
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