on 21 August 2013
How can there be no reviews of this book when it's one of the best introductions to Chinese art?! I am a former Lecturer on Chinese Religion & History, work in the field today, and thus have read virtually every overview book there is on Chinese art, including hundreds of specialty texts, and this is one of the best introductions available that covers the broad spectrum of Chinese art. Start here, then dive deeper into those topics of specialty interest to you and you'll have one of the best foundations there is.
Scandalous that there aren't hundreds of 5-star reviews!
on 6 May 2014
This is a very good introduction to the topic. It provides a critical survey of various art forms that were produced in China, putting it in context.He looks at the various places where art was produced such as tombs,temples,courts and market place. This is important as many times we see artworks from china displayed in museums and private collections without knowing who commissioned them or how they were produced. The book also look at art that is not classically thought of as from china. It also consider the art forms that the chinese people liked such calligraphy. It provide an updated review of the art up to the 20 century.
on 24 December 2014
I have thoroughly enjoyed this book. It gives a clear introduction to the topic, is well set out and written in an engaging manner. I've come away feeling that I have learnt a lot, and am inspired to delve deeper into the topic. A great first book for anyone wanting to get a sense of art in China.