The artful recluse : painting, poetry, and politics in seventeenth-century China / edited by Peter C. Sturman, Susan S. Tai ; essays by Peter C. Sturman, Timothy Brook, Jonathan Chaves, Jonathan Hay, Hui-shu Lee.

"The first publication to explore in depth the theme of reclusion in painting and calligraphy within the context of political and social changes in 17th-century China. Reclusion--the act of disengaging from worldly affairs for spiritual and moral cleansing--was a concept deeply associated with...

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Corporate Authors: Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Asia Society
Other Authors: Sturman, Peter Charles, Tai, Susan
Other title:Painting, poetry, and politics in seventeenth-century China.
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: Santa Barbara, CA : Munich : Santa Barbara Museum of Art ; Delmonico Books/Prestel, 2012.
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Summary:"The first publication to explore in depth the theme of reclusion in painting and calligraphy within the context of political and social changes in 17th-century China. Reclusion--the act of disengaging from worldly affairs for spiritual and moral cleansing--was a concept deeply associated with ancient Chinese civilization. The theme of reclusion was especially prevalent during the late Ming and early Qing dynasties, a period of unrivaled artistic achievement and historical drama. This beautifully illustrated exhibition catalog invites readers deep into the world of scholar-painters in 17th-century China. Nearly 60 hanging and hand scrolls, albums, and fans--many never seen before in print--reveal how the educated elite expressed their thoughts and ideals through depictions of the landscape, human figures, birds, flowers, fish, and insects. Accompanied by penetrating essays on the subject, these works celebrate the extraordinary skill with which the period's artists communicated their place in a century of crisis"--Publisher's website.
Item Description:This catalogue accompanies the exhibition The Artful Recluse: Painting, Poetry, and Politics in Seventeenth-Century China, organized by Susan S. Tai in collaboration with Peter C. Sturman and presented at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California, October 20, 2012-January 20, 2013, and the Asia Society, New York, March 5-June 2, 2013.
Physical Description:320 pages : illustrations, maps ; 32 cm.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 313-317) and index.
ISBN:9783791352725
3791352725
9780899511153
0899511155