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The Arts of China.

THE ARTS OF CHINA, Hugo Munsterberg. Rutland Vermont: Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1989. Illustrated, 234 pp., softbound, $21.95.

This book traces the history of Chinese art, dynasty by dynasty, beginning with prehistoric China (3000 B.C.) and moving into the early part of the twentieth century. While pottery was the dominant art form of prehistoric China, with amazingly sophisticated aesthetic concepts for those primitive times, subsequent dynasties produced art and artifacts in a wide array of forms and materials. Bronzes, paintings, porcelain, jade, lacquerware, ivory and ornate robes of the highest quality are illustrated in color and black-and-white photographs.

The author, a noted authority on Oriental art, describes the origins and development of major movements in painting, ceramics, sculpture and architecture. Relationships between poetry and painting, religion and sculpture, politics and porcelain, along with other important cultural influences are elucidated in this worthwhile publication. If exposure to exquisite artworks from the world's oldest continuous artistic tradition is one of your educational goals, this book is worthy of your consideration.
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Date:Feb 1, 1991
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