Tales from the Land of Dragons: 1000 Years of Chinese Painting

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Wu Tung

The masterpieces of Chinese painting over the past millennium, culled from the extensive collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, are lucidly presented in this scholarly and beautifully illustrated catalogue. The pieces discussed range from historical allegories from the 1st century A.D., to breathtaking 12th century landscapes, to precisely observed animal scenes from the Yuan Dynasty. Also considered are the relationships between painting and other forms of art, particularly calligraphy, which was central to traditional Chinese culture. An authoritative introduction sets the works in their historical and social contexts. Now in its second printing, Tales from the Land of Dragons is a fascinating exploration of the world’s oldest continuous painting tradition.

•  Softcover, 272 pages.
•  155 color and 300 duotone illustrations.
•  9" x 12".