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Sometime before 1579, Zhou Lujing, a professional writer living in a bustling commercial town in southeastern China, published a series of lavishly illustrated books, which constituted the first multigenre painting manuals in Chinese history Their popularity was immediate and their contents and format were widely reprinted and disseminated in a number of contemporary publications Focusing on Zhou s work, Art by the Book describes how such publications accommodated the cultural taste and demands of the general public, and shows how painting manuals functioned as a form in which everything from icons of popular culture to graphic or literary cliche was presented to both gratify and shape the sensibilities of a growing reading public As a special commodity of early modern China, when cultural standing was measured by a person s command of literati taste and lore, painting manuals provided nonelite readers with a device for enhancing social capital J P Park builds on important recent research on social status, economic development, and print publishing in late imperial China to show how a world of social meaning is evident in the literary subgenre of painting manuals, and provides insight into the links between art history, print culture, and social history.J P Park is assistant professor of art history at the University of California, Riverside....

Title : Art by the Book: Painting Manuals and the Leisure Life in Late Ming China (China Program Books)
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ISBN : 0295991763
Format Type : Hardcover
Language : English
Publisher : University of Washington Press First Edition edition February 21, 2012
Number of Pages : 336 pages
File Size : 880 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Art by the Book: Painting Manuals and the Leisure Life in Late Ming China (China Program Books) Reviews

  • Thomas S. Elias
    2019-05-13 00:39

    Excellent review of the subject, a valuable reference