The Arts of China, Fifth Edition, Revised and Expanded / Edition 5

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"For the fifth edition of his internationally renowned The Arts of China, Michael Sullivan has thoroughly revised and expanded every chapter of this classic history of Chinese art from the Neolithic period to the present day. This new edition reflects the latest archaeological discoveries, pays greater attention to the art of calligraphy, provides more information on Chan (Zen) art, and takes a close look at contemporary art. New images have been added to almost every chapter: the work now features more than four hundred photographs, maps, and illustrations, with more than two-thirds of them in full color." Written in the engaging and lucid style that is Sullivan's hallmark, The Arts of China is readily accessible to general readers as well as serious students of art history. Sullivan's approach remains true to the way the Chinese themselves view art, providing readers with a sense of the sweep of history through China's dynasties. This organizational strategy makes it easy for readers to understand the distinct characteristics of each period of art and to gain a clearer view of how Chinese art has changed in relation to its historical context. With many improvements that bring it fully up to date, The Arts of China will remain the most comprehensive and widely read introduction to the history of Chinese art.
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"[Sullivan] writes clearly and fluidly . . . making interpretive connections to Western counterparts, offering fascinating insights into the Chinese mind."--Naea News
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“[Sullivan] writes clearly and fluidly . . . making interpretive connections to Western counterparts, offering fascinating insights into the Chinese mind.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520255692
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 2/2/2009
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 316,054
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Sullivan is Fellow Emeritus at St. Catherine's College, Oxford University. His many books include The Night Entertainments of Han Xizai: A Scroll by Gu Hongzhong and Modern Chinese Artists: A Biographical Dictionary (both from UC Press).

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Fifth Edition

Chronological Table of Dynasties and Modern Republics

Reign Periods of the Ming and Qing Dynasties

1 Before the Dawn of History 1

2 The Early Bronze Age: Shang and Western Zhou 15

3 Eastern Zhou and the Period of the Warring States 45

4 The Qin and Han Dynasties 65

5 The Three Kingdoms and the Six Dynasties 99

6 The Sui and Tang Dynasties 131

7 The Five Dynasties and the Song Dynasty 163

8 The Yuan Dynasty 207

9 The Ming Dynasty 227

10 The Qing Dynasty 257

11 The Twentieth Century and Beyond 287

Notes 319

Books for Reference and Further Reading 319

List of Maps and Illustrations 335

Index 343

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