Chinese Art Close-Up

    SKU: cmc24797

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    Beautifully illustrated with an array of Chinese art, this book offers a closer look at the rich variety of styles, decoration, motifs and patterns – and the sheer craftsmanship – of Chinese culture.

    The book is arranged thematically and opens by taking a look at the essential nature and meaning of Chinese art. Chapters that follow place the objects and designs into their cultural context.

    Each of the intriguing and beautiful artworks is then explored further with amazing close-up views, allowing the reader to get even closer than a behind-the- scenes museum or gallery tour. By showing the complete artwork alongside a detail, the authors provide a fresh view of each object.

    Ideal as a spur to creative inspiration, this title offers an alternative view of the wide range of Chinese art.

    More about this book

    The close-ups highlight the most breathtaking aspects of workmanship, materials and design found in stunning ceramics, lacquer, jade, metalwork, brush painting and woodblock printing.


    Carol Michaelson is a curator of Chinese jades and early Chinese material at the British Museum. She has published magazine articles on Jade in both Minerva and Apollo and was also author of Gilded Dragons: Buried Treasures from China’s Golden Ages (British Museum Press, 1999).

    Jane Portal is Matsutaro Shoriki Chair of the Arts of Asia, Oceania and Africa at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is the editor of The First Emperor: China’s Terracotta Army (British Museum Press, 1997), author of Korea: Art and Archaeology (British Museum Press, 2000) and co-author of the award-winning British Museum Book of Chinese Art (British Museum Press, 1992)


    Product code: cmc24797
    Exhibition: Ming China
    World culture: China
    Title: Chinese Art close-up
    Authors: Carol Michaelson and Jane Portal
    ISBN: 9780714124797
    Format: Paperback with flaps
    Number of pages: 144 pages
    Size: 21.5cm x 21.5cm (8? x 8? inches)
    llustrations: 150 colour illustrations
    Publication date: August 2014
    Weight: 0.584kg
    Standard UK delivery: 5 working days. Overseas times may vary

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