Jenny F. So
From personal ornamentation to funerary practice, from palace decoration to private devotion, jade has played a major role in Chinese social, cultural, and political life for millennia. Exploring the history of this revered stone through the esteemed Grenville L. Winthrop Collection at the Harvard Art Museums—which includes some of the finest examples of ancient and archaizing jades outside China—this volume explains how and why jade developed its special significance. In-depth entries on over one hundred objects present recent archaeological discoveries and new information garnered from conservation analysis, while Jenny So’s broad and engaging narrative not only elucidates the layered meanings of the objects and their iconography but also delves into the unique qualities of the material and the craftsmanship involved in quarrying and working jade.
English - 360 Pages - 27.4 cm x 3.3 cm x 21.1 cm - 1.8 Kg
5 Continents, 2014
En 2014, à l’occasion de son demi-siècle d’existence, la fondation Baur, musée des Arts d’Extrême-Orient, propose au lecteur un voyage dans la Chine de la dynastie Qing, à travers les célèbres collections des musées Guimet, du Quai Branly, de l’Armée, des Arts décoratifs, du Château de Fontainebleau, de la Bibliothèque nationale de France, de la Bibliothèque de Genève, ainsi que du Victoria & Albert Museum de Londres. Cet ouvrage est principalement consacré aux empereurs Kangxi (1662-1723), Yongzheng (1723-1736) et Qianlong (1736-1796). Il évoque le pouvoir impérial et conquérant, ses rites, le rôle des jésuites dans les sciences et les arts décoratifs, les peintures de cour, les jardins secrets des empereurs mandchous, ainsi que leur rôle de mécènes et collectionneurs. Peintures et gravures impériales côtoient les soieries, les porcelaines, les jades, auxquels s’ajoutent cloisonnés, verres et livres précieux.
French - 215 Pages - 21.2 cm x 1.9 cm x 27 cm - 1.1 Kg
Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, 2015
For centuries, China’s export arts — jade, silks, porcelains, and, more recently, cinema — have fueled Western fantasies of an exotic East and served as enduring sources of inspiration for fashion. This stunning publication, which accompanied one of the most successful exhibitions in The Metropolitan Museum of Art's history, explores the influence of Chinese aesthetics on designers, including Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen, and Yves Saint Laurent. As in the game of “telephone,” the process of cultural translation transforms the source material into ingeniously original fashions that are products solely of the designers’ imaginations. In a similar way, contemporary Chinese film directors render fanciful, highly stylized evocations of various epochs in China’s history—demonstrating that China’s imagery is equally seductive to artists in the East and further inspiring today’s designers. Juxtaposing modern fashions and film stills with their forebears in fine and decorative arts and historical dress, this book reveals the rich and ongoing creative dialogue between East and West, past and present.
English - 256 Pages - 24.1 cm x 3.8 cm x 28.6 cm - 1.9 kg
Survey of the most spectacular recent finds in the People's Republic of China (PRC) and their role in reshaping the history of civilization in ancient China. Catalogue for exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Asian Art Museum San Francisco. More than 175 objects from four historical periods and in numerous media represent important early sites and a diversity of cultures located outside the central Yellow River area are included.
English - 576 pages - 31.6 x 25.4 x 4.9 cm - 3.7 kg
ISBN : 9780300081329
This sumptuous presentation of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s wide-ranging collection of Chinese art features one hundred works in various media spanning antiquity to the present day. With striking new photography and engaging and informative discussions of individual works of sculpture, painting, furniture, textiles, ceramics, metalwork, and architecture, this volume provides a fascinating look into the breadth and diversity of Chinese artistic experience and material culture.
English - 264 pages - 22.9 x 27.9 cm - 1.3 kg
ISBN : 9780300237108