Pictures and Visuality in Early Modern China

Pictures and Visuality in Early Modern China Pictures and Visuality in Early Modern China is not simply a survey of sixteenth century images but rather a thorough and thoughtful examination of visual culture in China s Ming Dynasty one that c

  • Title: Pictures and Visuality in Early Modern China
  • Author: Craig Clunas
  • ISBN: 9781861890085
  • Page: 308
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pictures and Visuality in Early Modern China is not simply a survey of sixteenth century images, but rather, a thorough and thoughtful examination of visual culture in China s Ming Dynasty, one that considers images wherever they appeared not only paintings, but also illustrated books, maps, ceramic bowls, lacquered boxes, painted fans, and even clothing and tomb pictures.Pictures and Visuality in Early Modern China is not simply a survey of sixteenth century images, but rather, a thorough and thoughtful examination of visual culture in China s Ming Dynasty, one that considers images wherever they appeared not only paintings, but also illustrated books, maps, ceramic bowls, lacquered boxes, painted fans, and even clothing and tomb pictures.Clunas s theory of visuality incorporates not only the image and the object upon which it is placed but also the culture which produced and purchased it Economic changes in sixteenth century China the rapid expansion of trade routes and a growing class of consumers are thus intricately bound up with the evolution of the image itself Pictures and Visuality in Early Modern China will be a touchstone for students of Chinese history, art, and culture.

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    1. Rebecca

      This is a truly excellent study of Ming visual culture (i.e. not just paintings, not just art, but what was seen and how it was thought about) that would be useful not only to China scholars, but also a good model for anyone interested in visual culture. And as always, Clunas writes in an engaging and clear way. Highly recommended!

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