The Spirit of Indian Painting
Close Encounters with 101 Great Works 1100–1900
For Professor Goswamy, an Indian painting ‘presents to us a layered world of meaning’, and his analysis and commentary on each of these 101 paintings encourages the reader to explore them with ‘eyes, mind and heart’. The works are in four sections: Visions, depicting imagined sights such as gods, heroes or the Cosmic Egg; Observation, picturing real scenes and people; Passion, with works inspired by poetry or emotion; and Contemplation, expressed in paintings of holy men.
History, Mystery and the Latest Discoveries
Discovered by chance by farmers in 1974, the mausoleum of the first emperor of China contained one of the wonders of the world: the Terracotta Army. Based on unique access to leading Chinese archaeologists, this book sets the clay warriors in the context of Chinese society 2,200 years ago, describes the latest discoveries at the vast and only partly excavated site, and hints at what may still be uncovered – including the imperial tomb itself.
Temples and Tombs
Treasures of Egyptian Art from the British Museum
Thousands of years after they were created, the works produced by the royal artists of ancient Egypt retain their power to inspire wonder at its rich and vibrant culture. This volume – the catalogue of a 2006 exhibition – presents 85 artefacts, from imposing granite statues to delicate gold earrings, spanning the millennia of pharaonic history. It also features a pair of essays, on the background to the manufacture of such items, and on the history of the British Museum’s Egyptian collections.
The Art of India
Images of Nature
Now in the Natural History Museum in London, the Indian botanical and zoological watercolours in this collection were created in the subcontinent during the late 18th and the 19th centuries, many of them commissioned by East India Company staff and created by Indian artists. Including fruits and flowers, birds, mammals, reptiles and insects, the watercolours show the diversity of Indian flora and fauna, as well as being fine examples of natural history artwork.
Early Carpets and Tapestries on the Eastern Silk Road
A mysterious group of textiles, preserved for centuries in Kyoto, is brought out only for an annual Shinto-Buddhist festival. This richly illustrated guide explains the tapestries’ meaning, their Chinese origins and the reasons why they are shrouded in such secrecy.
Treasures from Korea
Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392–1910
The dynasty that ruled Korea for five centuries presided over an era of unparalleled artistry, in which aesthetic rigour combined with sensitivity to materials to produce objects of great refinement. Published in conjunction with a major exhibition at museums in Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Houston, this catalogue features hundreds of paintings, woodcarvings, ceramics and textiles. The accompanying essays explore these artistic traditions, the history of the Joseon dynasty, and the Confucian philosophy that underpinned the culture.
Love & Devotion
From Persia and Beyond
Tales of earthly and spiritual love, recounted by Persian poets from the eleventh century, were copied into exquisitely illuminated manuscripts for a courtly elite. Published in conjunction with landmark exhibitions in Oxford and Melbourne, this volume reproduces more than 130 such illustrations of the stories of Yusuf and Zulaykha, Khusrau and Shirin, and Layla and Manjun, while the accompanying essays reveal new perspectives on this richly evocative literary and artistic tradition and the culture that produced it.
Visions from the Golden Land
Burma and the Art of Lacquer
Asian lacquer is created by painting the resin of the Chinese lacquer tree onto boxes, vessels, furniture and statues, where it forms a hard surface that can be polished, carved, decorated and inlaid. With over 200 colour illustrations, this book examines the tradition of Burmese lacquerwork, exploring the methods of production, regional styles and variations, and how the decorative objects reflect Burmese culture in Buddhist devotional items or containers for betel-chewing ingredients.
Transmitting the Forms of Divinity
Early Buddhist Art from Korea and Japan
Buddhism was introduced to Japan by an emissary from Korea’s Paekche kingdom around the year 538. The region’s early Buddhist culture is the subject of the 15 essays in this volume, the illustrated catalogue of a major exhibition on the two states’ formative links. In particular, the authors draw on recently discovered evidence to present new theories about the transformation of Buddhist art and architecture in Korea and Japan between the sixth and ninth centuries.
Japanese Prints During the Allied Occupation 1945–1952
The printmaker Onchi Kōshirō and his circle were instrumental in finding new directions for Japanese art after the devastation of the war. Encouraged by American graphic artist, Ernst Hacker, who was posted to Japan in 1945, the achievements of the period are recognized in this selection of prints, the basis of which is Hacker's own collection, recently given to the British Museum, comprising the work of Onchi, Hacker himself and Munakata Shikō, among others.
The Erotic Sentiment
In the Paintings of India & Nepal
Since ancient times, Oriental cultures have viewed lovemaking as one of the highest forms of spiritual and artistic expression. Great artists illustrated exquisite erotic manuals known as pillow-books to instruct newlyweds in the art of love. This book reproduces 65 of the finest of these paintings, with an introduction, explanatory commentary and translations from authentic Tantric writings. Sexually explicit.
The Chinese Painter as Poet
Chinese poetry and painting have always been closely allied; the verses are intensely visual, and the calligraphy is itself a form of brushwork. Published in conjunction with an exhibition at New York’s China Institute Gallery, this absorbing book explores the connection between the two art forms. Illustrated with 25 exquisite artworks from the exhibition and many other illustrative figures ranging from the Shang dynasty to the People’s Republic. The book offers an illuminating insight into three millennia of Chinese culture.
Turkish Art and Architecture
From the Seljuks to the Ottomans
Turks first arrived in the Anatolian peninsula in 1071, when the Seljuks, a nomadic people from Central Asia, defeated the Byzantine forces at Manzikert. The empires that they and their successors, the Ottomans, built straddled East and West, and created a new architectural idiom that drew on Graeco-Roman, Persian and Islamic sources. Stunningly illustrated with more than 250 colour photographs, this volume charts the 1,000-year development of Turkish architecture, alongside that of decorative arts such as manuscripts, carpets, ceramics and metalwork.
Chinese Ivory Carvings
The Sir Victor Sassoon Collection
Heir to a banking fortune, Victor Sassoon (1881–1961) assembled one of the world’s most important collections of Chinese ivory carving from his base in Shanghai. This magnificent volume presents 350 artefacts from his collection, now held in trust for the citizens of the UK. Introductory essays explore the acquisition of these exquisite ornaments, figurines, screens and sewing boxes, which range from the 2nd millennium BCE to the 20th century, and place them in their historical and cultural context.
In Grand Style
Celebrations in Korean Art During the Joseon Dynasty
The Joseon Dynasty, which ruled Korea from 1392 to 1897, was characterized by pageantry, ceremonial and celebration. Published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, this beautifully designed book illustrates and explains hundreds of artefacts – paintings, furniture, jade carvings, woodwork, ceramics and metalwork – that depict Joseon notions of kingship, royal processions and banquets, the lifestyle of the elite, and the power of women at the court.
The Index of Inro Artists
The first reliable guide to the Japanese artists whose signatures appear on the miniature lacquer medicine cases called inro, the Index contains 2,704 entries and more than 2,000 photographs of signatures gathered from examples in both public and private collections worldwide. The book includes biographical details of the artists, a character index and a glossary of terms. Foreword by Arakawa Hirokazu. Slightly off-mint.
The Chinese Art Book
Examining Chinese art over several millennia, this unconventional volume presents reproductions or photographs of a vast range of artefacts and paintings, each one juxtaposed with another work on the facing page, and producing unexpected dialogues across time, culture and genre. Shitao's Riverbank of Peach Blossoms (c.1700), for example, is paired with a 2006 installation, Sketch the Sketch Lesson by Qiu Xiaofei, but the volume includes sculptures, ceramics, calligraphy and photographs ranging in date from prehistory to the 21st century.
Chinese Arts and Crafts
Part of the Introductions to Chinese Culture series, this book covers the colourful history and development of distinctive Chinese crafts, including ceramics, furniture, clothing and decorative arts. Like all the books in the series, it is written by noted experts in the field, well illustrated with colour reproductions and photographs and offers an ideal introductory survey for both students and general readers.
The Art of Princely Courts in Fifteenth-Century China
Beginning with the reign of the Yongle emperor (1403–1424), this richly illustrated catalogue presents over 120 artefacts once owned by princes of the Ming dynasty during the period up to the death of the Jiajing emperor in 1566. Indicative of the fabulous wealth of the Ming rulers, the pieces described and photographed include gold and silver vessels, jewellery and jade, paintings, porcelain and clothing. The volume also contains essays on aspects of Ming art history and recent archaeological finds.
Visions of Fuji
Artists from the Floating World
Mount Fuji, with its majestic cone and snow-capped summit, has inspired artists and writers for centuries. This lavish volume, with an embossed foil cover, discusses its continuing influence, and focuses on the series of views of the mountain by the giants of Japanese woodblock art, Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) and Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858). Hundreds of reproductions show this emblem of perfection, symmetry, spiritual balance and endurance in all its many guises, while the text follows the evolution of the artists' work.
Chinese Cultural Relics
Using archaeological evidence, this volume provides an illustrated introduction to artefacts preserved from different periods of Chinese history, and their preservation in modern times. The book has chapters on pottery, jade, bronze and porcelain artefacts, paintings, furniture and crafts, and covers objects ranging from prehistoric painted pottery to 16th- century CE rosewood furniture. This is one of the many accessible, illustrated surveys in the Introductions to Chinese Culture series.
The Chinese Sculpture
Part of the Introductions to Chinese Culture series, this book provides an accessible overview of sculptural art in China, including the Terracotta Army, Buddhist sculpture, tomb carvings, architectural sculpture, exchange with foreign cultures and sculpture in China today. Like all the books in the series, it is written by a noted expert in the field, well illustrated with colour photographs and offers an ideal introductory survey for both students and general readers.
Masterpieces of Art
After an introductory chapter on Japanese woodblock printing in the Edo period, its artists, schools and its influence on western art, this book presents around 90 masterpieces by key artists. The prints are in sections on beautiful women, landscapes, kabuki theatre and flora and fauna, and include such famous works as The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai, Kuniyoshi's powerful portrayals of Kabuki actors and Hiroshige's Carp and River Trout from his 'Collection of Fish'.
Concubines and Courtesans
Women in Chinese Erotic Art
Spanning the period from around 1600 to the 1920s, Bertholet offers a richly documented view of Chinese erotic art, with the emphasis on the role of the woman. Drawing on his own collection of art and artefacts, including porcelain figures, lotus shoes, fans and photographs of brothels, he discusses Chinese philosophies, the culture of bound feet and the lives of courtesans, before examining Chinese erotic art and imagery, from paintings and ivory carvings to calendar posters of the 1920s. Sexually explicit.