By J. P. Park
Sometime earlier than 1579, Zhou Lujing, a certified author dwelling in a bustling advertisement city in southeastern China, released a chain of lavishly illustrated books, which constituted the 1st multigenre portray manuals in chinese language historical past. Their attractiveness used to be quick and their contents and layout have been broadly reprinted and disseminated in a few modern guides. targeting Zhou's paintings, artwork by way of the e-book describes how such guides accommodated the cultural style and calls for of most of the people, and indicates how portray manuals functioned as a sort within which every little thing from icons of pop culture to picture or literary cliche was once offered to either gratify and form the sensibilities of a becoming analyzing public. As a unique commodity of early sleek China, while cultural status used to be measured by way of a person's command of literati flavor and lore, portray manuals supplied nonelite readers with a tool for boosting social capital.
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Art by the Book: Painting Manuals and the Leisure Life in Late Ming China (China Program Books) by J. P. Park