On Telling Images of China: Essays in Narrative Painting and Visual Culture
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“Following major images throughout hundreds of years, these finely argued essays illustrate the profound significance of historical and religious iconography to the Chinese for whom the response to a known story is immediate but is here explained in detail for a Western audience—often following an icon from Ming paintings through to nineteenth-century prints and the works of early twentieth century artists.” —Frances Wood, British Library
“This is a much anticipated and well-coordinated volume on one of the most important categories of Chinese paintings and prints, namely narrative. It not only investigates works that have long been neglected but also presents new scholarship exploring the idea of how images tell stories. Its questions and approaches have cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary implications.” —Wang Cheng-hua, Academia Sinica
The volume is divided into three sections, Representing Paradigms, Interpreting Literary Themes and Narratives, and the Medium and Modernity. While the essays in each section deal with concerns in the field of China’s art history, an editors’ introduction serves to position the topic of narrative art and to introduce definitions and genre issues which run through the book. As a whole, the volume invites reflection on the intrinsic nature of narratives and their pictorial lives, and presents new research which challenges established views and paradigms.