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Seminar 18

Distant Perspectives: Arts and Society in Ming China


Seminar questions

  1. Was the collection of art a unique European phenomenon during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries?


  1. “The differences in the artistic traditions of early modern China and Europe have been exaggerated”. Discuss



Suggested reading

Adshead, Samuel A., Material Culture in Europe and China, 1400-1800: The Rise of Consumerism, Basingstoke 1997 [HK 14.A3]


Cahill, J., Parting at the Shore: Chinese Painting of the Early and Middle Ming Dinasty, 1368-1580, New York 1982


Cahill, J., The Distant Mountains: Chinese Painting of the Late Ming Dinasty, 1570-1644, New York 1982


Cahill, J., The Painter’s Practice: How Artists Lived and Worked in Traditional China, New York 1994


Clunas, Craig (ed), Chinese Export Art and Design, London 1987 [N 7343.5.C4]


Clunas, Craig, Fruitful Sights: Garden Culture in Ming Dinasty China, London 1996 [NA 8416.C4]


Clunas, Craig, Art in China, Oxford 1997 [N 7340.C5]


Clunar, Craig, Superfluous Things: Material Culture and Social Status in Early Modern China, Honolulu 2004 [HC 7608.3.C5]


Kerr, R. (ed), Chinese Art and Design, London 1991 [processed]


Li, C. – Watts, C.Y. (eds), The Chinese Scholar’s Studio: Artistic Life in the Late Ming Period, New York-London 1987


Li, C., (ed), Artists and Patrons: Some Social and Economic Aspects of Chinese Painting, Lawrence, KA, 1989


Mote, F.W, Imperial China, 900-1800, Cambridge (Mass.)-London 1999, part 4 [DS 735.M6]


Murck, Christian (ed), Artists and Traditions: Uses of the Past in Chinese Culture, Princeton 1976


Murck, Christian – Fong, W.C. (eds), Words and Images: Chinese Poetry, Painting and Calligraphy, New York 1991


Rawson, J. (ed), The British Museum Book of Chinese Art, London 1992


Thorp, L.P., Son of Heaven: Imperial Arts of China, Seattle 1988


Weidner, M. (ed), Flowering in the Shadows: Women in the History of Chinese and Japanese Painting, Honolulu 1990 [electronic resource]