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By Stephen Little
Published in conjunction with an important exhibition, Ming Masterpieces from the Shanghai Museum, explores the role of imperial patronage of Ming dynasty (1368-1644) painters, the uses of paintings as political propaganda, and Daoist themes of transcendence. Seen within these pages is a style of Chinese painting rarely seen in American museums and Stephen Little illuminates the lives of the fifteenth- and sixteenth-century court and professional painters who created the masterworks on view.
The book features full-color reproductions of all of the works in the exhibition: hanging scrolls, a hand scroll, and all eighteen pages of a stunning early-sixteenth century album on leaves of gold-flecked paper. The lush illustrations highlight the paintings' powerful narrative and symbolic imagery - which includes figural depictions from ancient Daoist mythology, exquisite landscapes, bird-and-flower motifs, and genre scenes.
Stephen Little is Curator and Head of the Chinese and Korean Art Department at LACMA.
- Softcover with dust cover
- 40 pages
- 11-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches
- Approximately 28 color illustrations
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