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The Resource Possessing the past : treasures from the National Palace Museum, Taipei, Wen C. Fong, James C.Y. Watt ; with contributions by Richard M. Barnhart [and four others]

Possessing the past : treasures from the National Palace Museum, Taipei, Wen C. Fong, James C.Y. Watt ; with contributions by Richard M. Barnhart [and four others]

Label
Possessing the past : treasures from the National Palace Museum, Taipei
Title
Possessing the past
Title remainder
treasures from the National Palace Museum, Taipei
Statement of responsibility
Wen C. Fong, James C.Y. Watt ; with contributions by Richard M. Barnhart [and four others]
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • chi
  • eng
Summary
Only two major exhibitions from the fabled Chinese Palace Museum collections have been seen in the West - the first in London in 1935-36 and the second in the United States in 1961-62. These two exhibitions provided an extraordinary stimulus to the study of Chinese culture, revolutionized Asian art studies in the West, and opened the eyes of the public to the artistic traditions of Chinese civilization. Possessing the Past: Treasures from the National Palace Museum, Taipei is the publication that accompanies the third great exhibition of Chinese masterworks to travel to the West. Written by scholars of both Chinese and Western cultural backgrounds and conceived as a cultural history, the book tells the story of Chinese art from its foundations in the Bronze Age and the first empires through the rich diversity of art produced during the Sung, Yuan, Ming, and Ch'ing dynasties, contrasting China's absolutist political structure with the humanism of its artistic and moral philosophy. Synthesizing scholarship of the past three decades, the authors present not only the historical and cultural significance of individual works of art and analyses of their aesthetic content, but a reevaluation of the cultural dynamics of Chinese history, reflecting a fundamental shift in the study of Chinese art from a focus on documentation and connoisseurship to an emphasis on the cultural significance of the visual arts. National treasures passed down from dynasty to dynasty, the works of art that now form the collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei, originally constituted the personal collection of the Ch'ien-lung emperor, who ruled China from 1736 to 1795. Two centuries after Ch'ien-lung ascended the dragon throne, when the Japanese invaded China in 1937, the nearly 10,000 masterworks of painting and calligraphy and more than 600,000 objects and rare books and documents - which had earlier been moved from Peking to Nanking following the Japanese occupation of Manchuria in 1931 - were packed in crates and evacuated to caves near the wartime capital, Chungking. It was not until after World War II that the crated treasures were moved to their present home in Taiwan, where today they represent a major portion of China's artistic and cultural legacy
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
709/.51/0747471
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
N3750.T32
LC item number
A87 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • catalogs
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/organizationName
Guo li gu gong bo wu yuan
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Fong, Wen
  • Watt, James C. Y
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
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  • Guo li gu gong bo wu yuan
  • Art, Chinese
  • Art
Label
Possessing the past : treasures from the National Palace Museum, Taipei, Wen C. Fong, James C.Y. Watt ; with contributions by Richard M. Barnhart [and four others]
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 610-624) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The National Palace Museum : a history of the collection / Chang Lin-sheng -- Chinese art and cross-cultural understanding / Wen C. Fong -- Jade ; The Bronze Age and the first empires / James C.Y. Watt -- The imperial cult ; Some cultural prototypes ; Monumental landscape painting ; Sung imperial portraits ; The scholar-official as artist / Wen C. Fong -- The Imperial Painting Academy / James Cahill -- Some Buddhist images / Wai-kam Ho and Wen C. Fong -- Antiquarianism and naturalism / James C.Y. Watt -- The orthodox lineage of Tao / Wen C. Fong -- Imperial portraits of the Yüan Court / Wen C. Fong and Maxwell K. Hearn -- Reunification and revival ; The artist as hero / Maxwell K. Hearn -- Imperial portraiture of the Ming Dynasty / Wen C. Fong -- The return of the academy / Richard M. Barnhart -- The literati artists of the Ming dynasty ; The expanding literati culture ; Creating a synthesis / Wen C. Fong -- Official art and commercial art / James C.Y. Watt -- The orthodox school of painting ; The individualist masters / Wen C. Fong -- The antique-elegant / James C.Y. Watt -- Imperial patronage of the arts under the Ch'ing / Wen C. Fong
Dimensions
32 cm
Extent
xv, 648 pages
Isbn
9780870997655
Lccn
95049102
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • ocm33664335
  • (OCoLC)33664335
Label
Possessing the past : treasures from the National Palace Museum, Taipei, Wen C. Fong, James C.Y. Watt ; with contributions by Richard M. Barnhart [and four others]
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 610-624) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The National Palace Museum : a history of the collection / Chang Lin-sheng -- Chinese art and cross-cultural understanding / Wen C. Fong -- Jade ; The Bronze Age and the first empires / James C.Y. Watt -- The imperial cult ; Some cultural prototypes ; Monumental landscape painting ; Sung imperial portraits ; The scholar-official as artist / Wen C. Fong -- The Imperial Painting Academy / James Cahill -- Some Buddhist images / Wai-kam Ho and Wen C. Fong -- Antiquarianism and naturalism / James C.Y. Watt -- The orthodox lineage of Tao / Wen C. Fong -- Imperial portraits of the Yüan Court / Wen C. Fong and Maxwell K. Hearn -- Reunification and revival ; The artist as hero / Maxwell K. Hearn -- Imperial portraiture of the Ming Dynasty / Wen C. Fong -- The return of the academy / Richard M. Barnhart -- The literati artists of the Ming dynasty ; The expanding literati culture ; Creating a synthesis / Wen C. Fong -- Official art and commercial art / James C.Y. Watt -- The orthodox school of painting ; The individualist masters / Wen C. Fong -- The antique-elegant / James C.Y. Watt -- Imperial patronage of the arts under the Ch'ing / Wen C. Fong
Dimensions
32 cm
Extent
xv, 648 pages
Isbn
9780870997655
Lccn
95049102
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • ocm33664335
  • (OCoLC)33664335

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