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Background & historical context
The Art and Architecture of China by
Call Number: Art Library, N 7340.S46 1992 (2 copies)
The Chinese boast a longer span of cultural history than any other culture. The text traces the influence of religious and philosophical ideas -- such as Confucianism, Tao, Buddhism -- as well as the impact of material prosperity.
Art in China by
Call Number: Art Library N7340 .C59 1997 (2 copies)
Publication Date: 1997
Concise history; timeline, bibliographic essay.
Arts of China by
Call Number: Art Library, N7340 .S92 1999 (5 copies)
Publication Date: 2000
An important introductory text for the study of Chinese art. Organized by period from before the Shang dynasty to the twentieth century.
Arts of China Series by
Call Number: Art Library, N 7343 .W38 1995 (to 900 CE); N 7343 .W382 2000 (900-1620); N 7343 .W3822 2007 (after 1600)
An important survey of Chinese art, architecture, decorative arts and artifacts from prehistoric times to the twentieth century. Styles, iconography, motifs, materials, and techniques are traced by province.
The British Museum Book of Chinese Art by
Call Number: Art Library N7342 .B75 1992
Publication Date: 1992
Overview; Includes chronologies, list of sites, painters and glossaries.
Chinese Painting by
Call Number: Art Library ND1043 .C28 1985
Publication Date: 1985
Survey of paintings and artists; Han dynasty (206 B.C.-221 A.D.) through Ching Dynasty (1644-1911).
Understanding Far Eastern Art: A Complete Guide to the Arts of China, Japan and Korea: Ceramics, Sculpture, Painting, Prints, Lacquer, Textiles and Metalwork by
Call Number: Art Library, N7337 .H97 1987
An introduction to primary materials and techniques written for the non-specialist.
There are three systems for transliterating Chinese characters to the Roman alphabet and one of them, Pinyin, does not use standardized spelling. For example, Zhang Daqian (pinyin), could also be written as Chang Ta-ch’ien (Wade-Giles), or Chang Taichien (artist’s own spelling of his name).
The following charts help convert between Pinyin and Wade-Giles:
Fact checking: Dates, Names Places
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