The arts of China
- William Watson.
- New Haven : Yale University Press, c1995-c2007.
- Physical description
- 3 v. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 30 cm.
- Yale University Press Pelican history of art
Art & Architecture Library (Bowes)
- Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
- [v. 1.] To AD 900
- [v. 2.] 900-1620
- [v. 3.] After 1620 / William Watson, Chuimei Ho.
- Publisher's Summary
- 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.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780300073935 20160527
- This work is the first in a three volume series that surveys China's wealth of art, architecture and artefacts from prehistoric times to the 20th century. It investigates the beginnings of the traditions on which much of the art rests, moving from Neolithic and Bronze Age China to the era of the Tang Dynasty around AD 900. The book discusses in detail a wide range of art forms and techniques: porcelain and pottery, lacquer art, religious and secular painting and sculpture, mural painting, monumental sculpture and architecture. It explains the materials and techniques of bronze casting, jade carving, pottery manufacture, and other arts and describes the most important sites, the artefacts that were produced at each one, and the historical interactions between different areas. There is a discussion of the iconography, the technique and the function of every art form. This book should be a valuable resource for both experts and beginners in the field.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780300059892 20160527
- The Arts of China after 1620 concludes a major three-volume survey that examines China's huge wealth of art, architecture and artefacts from prehistoric times to the present. Beginning with discussions of 'fine' art and painting and progressing to analysis of carving and sculpture, ceramics, glassware and textiles, the authors demonstrate how, in the age of the Emperors Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong, the 'decorative' arts rose to a prominence quite unlike the western experience. Avoiding misrepresentative categorization, they single out period styles, as well as identifying repeated phases of archaism and Buddhist art, and discuss characteristic groups of jade, ivory, ceramics, glassware and textiles. They consider the importance of the imperial workshops and their role in developing craftsmen's skills and encouraging the cross-over of techniques from different disciplines and they present the compelling influence of Emperor Qianlong's aesthetic innovations. In architecture the vast plan and overwhelming authority of the imperial buildings contrasts with the restrained subtlety of domestic architecture and garden design where magnificent rocks were the principal feature, just as in landscape painting. The survey concludes by examining the development of East/West trade and the effects of commercialization on Chinese arts and crafts. This handsome, well-illustrated book provides a scholarly and illuminating resource for all students of the arts of China.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780300107357 20160527
- An examination of 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 covers architecture, painting, sculpture and decorative arts in this second volume of his three-volume series on the entire history of the arts in China.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780300098358 20160528
- Beginning date
- Ending date
- 0300059892 (v. 1)
- 9780300059892 (v. 1)
- 0300082843 (v. 1 : pbk.)
- 9780300082845 (v. 1 : pbk.)
- 0300073933 (v. 2)
- 9780300073935 (v. 2)
- 9780300107357 (v. 3)
- 0300107358 (v. 3)
- 0300098359 (v. 2, pbk.)
- 9780300098358 (v. 2, pbk.)
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