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Masterpieces of Chinese painting, 700-1900 / [edited by Zhang Hongxing ; with essays by Ling Lizhong, Itakura Masaaki, Charles Mason, Shane McCausland, Camille Schmitt, Clarissa von Spee ; catalogue introductions by Roderick Whitfield]
Hardback edition
Production, publication, distribution, manufacture, copyright London : V&A Publishing, 2013
New York : Distributed in North America by Harry N. Abrams Inc., [date of distribution not identified]
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 4th Floor  ND1043.3 .M37 2013    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Painting, Chinese -- Exhibitions
Physical Description 358 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color map ; 30 cm
Note Published on the occasion of the exhibition held at the Victoria and Albert museum, 26th October to 19th January, 2014
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Introduction / Zhang Hongxing -- Categories of paintings in China genres and subjects / Shane McCausland -- Inscriptions and seal marks / Zhang Hongxing -- Setting milestones : collecting classical Chinese paintings in Europe / Clarissa von Spee -- Collecting Chinese paintings in the United States / Charles Mason -- Chinese paintings the crossed the sea : the development of Chinese art collections in Japan / Itakura Masaaki -- A brief history of collecting paintings and calligraphy in China / Ling Lizhong -- The presentation and preservation of Chinese scroll paintings / Camille Schmitt -- Catalogue / with introductions by Roderick Whitfield -- Appendix : inscriptions, marks and seals -- Bibliography
Summary "Painting has always been regarded by the Chinese as a supreme art, equal to those of poetry and philosophy. But dating back over 2,500 years, many Chinese paintings were made to be viewed just for a few hours or weeks. As a result, the masterpieces of the form have been seen very rarely, and then only by a few. This spectacular book accompanies a major V&A exhibition that brings together some of the world's greatest paintings on silk and paper--many of which will be displayed only for a short time. All the paintings are reproduced in full, together with enlarged details. Written by international scholars, the book explains the background against which Chinese painters worked, as well as the original social context of the paintings and their display in the palace, temple, studio, or tomb. Essays on technique, materials, and collecting describe why these paintings are considered masterpieces today." -- Distributor website
NOTE 537117
Alternate Author Zhang, Hongxing, 1961- editor of compilation, curator
Ling, Lizhong, contributor
Itakura, Masaaki, 1965- contributor
Mason, Charles Q., contributor
McCausland, Shane, 1968- contributor
Schmitt, Camille, contributor
Von Spee, Clarissa, contributor
Whitfield, Roderick, writer of catalogue introductions
Victoria and Albert Museum, host institution

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