Taoism and the Arts of China

Taoism and the Arts of China

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A celebration of Taoist art traces the influence of philosophy on the visual arts in China.

University of California Press
Taoism and the Arts of China brings together a remarkable collection of art from one of China's most ancient and influential traditions. Produced to accompany the first major exhibition ever organized on the Taoist philosophy and religion, this opulent book includes more than 150 works of art from as early as the late Zhou dynasty (fifth-third century b.c.) to the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Many of these works are paintings that show the breathtaking range of style and subject that makes the Taoist heritage so rich. Sculpture, calligraphy, rare books, textiles, and ritual objects are also represented.

Like the exhibition, the book is organized thematically. It begins with the sage Laozi (to whom the Daode Jing is attributed), and moves on to explore the birth of religious Taoism and the interaction between Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. A wealth of subjects are covered: the gods of the Taoist pantheon, ritual, the boundaries and intersections between Taoism and popular religion, Taoist Immortals and Realized Beings, the role of alchemy, sacred landscape and its significance, and Taoist temples and their architecture.

Taoism and the Arts of China includes an engaging series of introductory essays by scholars with a deep understanding of their subjects. Among the topics discussed are a historical introduction to Taoism, archaeological evidence for early Taoist art, and a general introduction to the functions of art in religious Taoism. Lavishly illustrated with over 150 color images, this volume affords a sweeping view of an artistic terrain that until now has received too little exposure in the West. Its publication constitutes a major advance in Western understanding of this important tradition.


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With more than 150 stunning images culled from Chinese texts, sculpture, textiles, and ritual objects, this celebration of Taoist art traces the influence of philosophy on the visual arts in China. Simultaneous.

Publisher: Chicago : Art Institute of Chicago ; [Berkeley] : University of California Press, c2000
Edition: 1st ed
Description: 415 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 31 cm
ISBN: 9780520227842
0520227840
9780520227859
0520227859
Branch Call Number: 704.948995 Lit
Additional Contributors: Eichman, Shawn

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