Ancient and Classic Art of China

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OVERSIZE. 8½ x 11 format with 40 photo illustrations

This study discusses ancient and classic Chinese art in interdisciplinary perspective, from the pre-historical age to the end of the Tang dynasty, including historical, cultural, philosophical, and political facts and how they impacted development. Also includes biographies of the artists, critics and scholars. It is richly illustrated with 40 full-color plates, in 8½ x 11 format, the majority of these plates introduced for the first time to Western readers.


“Bao’s book controls a large body of information and interpretation, and demonstrates mastery of relevant Chinese classic works. In his insightful historical study, Bao provides important and innovative research on the intellectual and cultural impact of the Chinese art in ancient and classic periods…this study can help us expand our horizons of aesthetic perception and enrich our lives through a better understanding of the cultural and philosophical frames of reference within which these arts were produced.” - Liao Ben, China National Research Academy of Fine Arts

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:
Preface; Introduction
Part One: The Birth of Chinese Art
1. Chinese Art in the Stone Age
Part Two: Art in the Pre-Qin Period
2. Chinese Art in the Bronze Age
3. The Art of Sculpture, Architecture and Other Forms in the Pre-Qin Period
Part Three: Art in the Qin and Han Dynasties
4. The Art of the Qin Dynasy
5. The Art of the Han Dynasty
Part Four: Art in the Age of Turmoil and Division
6. The Art of Three Kingdoms, Two Jins and the North and South
Part Five: Art in the Sui and Tang Dynasties
7. The Buddhist Art in China
8. Art in the Sui and Tang Dynasties
Notes; Glossary/Terms
Biographies of Artists, Critics and Scholars
Bibliography; Index

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