By J. P. Park
Sometime sooner than 1579, Zhou Lujing, a certified author residing 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 heritage. Their recognition was once quick and their contents and layout have been broadly reprinted and disseminated in a couple of modern guides. targeting Zhou's paintings, paintings by way of the publication describes how such guides accommodated the cultural flavor and calls for of most people, and exhibits how portray manuals functioned as a kind during which every thing from icons of pop culture to picture or literary cliche used to be offered to either gratify and form the sensibilities of a starting to be analyzing public. As a different commodity of early smooth China, whilst cultural status was once measured by way of a person's command of literati flavor and lore, portray manuals supplied nonelite readers with a tool for reinforcing 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