China on Paper

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The striking illustrated books, maps, and prints featured in China on Paper are some of the most notable among the printed works produced at the dawn of the era of global trade to present China to Europe and to bring Western science, religion, and art to China. From a Chinese translation of the rosary to French editions of Confucian classics, from a monumental map of the world to magnificent engravings of the European Pavilions built by Jesuits at the behest of the Qianlong emperor, these works on paper reveal a...
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The striking illustrated books, maps, and prints featured in China on Paper are some of the most notable among the printed works produced at the dawn of the era of global trade to present China to Europe and to bring Western science, religion, and art to China. From a Chinese translation of the rosary to French editions of Confucian classics, from a monumental map of the world to magnificent engravings of the European Pavilions built by Jesuits at the behest of the Qianlong emperor, these works on paper reveal a compelling and largely hidden history of mutual curiosity and fruitful collaboration at a time when few people traveled far from home.
This volume is published in conjunction with an exhibition on view at the Getty Research Institute from November 6, 2007, to February 10, 2008.
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Produced in conjunction with an exhibition (on view through February 10, 2008) of 39 books, prints, and maps from the Getty Research Institute's collections, this catalog focuses on a time when China was just opening to trade with Europe. Each catalog entry includes a selected depiction from the print work featured, mostly of Chinese life of the time, maps, scientific diagrams, and architectural views. Reproductions of the engraved and etched prints and woodcuts are in black and white, while color illustrations reproduce certain hand-colored prints. Six accompanying essays convey more background information and supplementary illustrations. Reed (head of collection development, Getty Research Inst. Lib.) and Demattè (Chinese art, Rhode Island Sch. of Design) write most of the essays, whose topics range from the development of contacts between the East and the West to Jesuit astronomers in China. Readers interested in Asian culture as well as librarians and book historians will find these discussions fascinating. The catalog should also appeal to those interested in religion because of the dominant role Jesuit missionary scholars and scientists played in the interchange of ideas during the centuries covered. For example, in one 17th-century woodcut of the Crucifixion, all the figures-including Christ-are depicted as Asians. Recommended for academic libraries.
—Anne Marie Lane

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  • ISBN-13: 9780892368693
  • Publisher: Getty Publications
  • Publication date: 9/14/2007
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 11.20 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Marcia Reed is head of collection development at the Getty Research Institute.

Paola Dematté is associate professor of Chinese art and archaeology at the Rhode Island School of Design.

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