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Art by the Book: Painting Manuals and the Leisure Life in Late Ming China

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Sometime before 1579, Zhou Lujing, a professional writer living in a bustling commercial town in southeastern China, published a series of lavishly illustrated books, which constituted the first multigenre painting manuals in Chinese history. Their popularity was immediate and their contents and format were widely reprinted and disseminated in a number of contemporary publications. Focusing on Zhou's work, Art by the Book describes how such publications accommodated the cultural taste and demands of the general public, ...

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Art by the Book: Painting Manuals and the Leisure Life in Late Ming China
2012, University of Washington Press, Seattle

ISBN-13: 9780295991764

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