The Romance of Chinese Art

The Romance of Chinese Art

The Romance of Chinese Art

The Romance of Chinese Art

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As a handbook and general guide for those who enjoy browsing among the exhibits in the museums, this book should prove invaluable, for here in a simple and direct manner one finds much the same comment that the chief curator himself would make, if he were escorting one from case to case. The strange sounding names need no longer be meaningless and one can, with its help, know exactly when the Ming or T'ang dynasties did occur as well as the location of Ching-Tê Chên where the beautiful white porcelain has been made ever since the 15th century, or any of the other dynasties, provinces or cities mentioned on the cards of the exhibits.

The charts under the general article "Periods of Art" should prove particularly helpful, for one can tell at a glance what was happening in the rest of the world at any given time, and trace the influences which spread from one country to another.

Commencing with the brief article on the Aesthetic Development of China, written by Carl W. Bishop of the Freer Gallery at Washington, a general survey can be had of the main influences, religious and other, which changed the characteristics of art as a whole, and these characteristics should be borne in mind as one reads about each of the separate fields in which they manifested themselves. Not always were the various branches of art equally affected by the invading influences; sometimes the changes were felt first in architecture and sculpture; sometimes it was painting which first took on new life and a fresh outlook, to be reflected later in ceramics and lacquer. But whatever the individual changes in the arts may have been, they were . . .

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