Commemorative Landscape Painting in China


2012
Publication

Commemorative Landscape Painting in China

By Anne de Coursey Clapp
Tang Center for East Asian Art, Princeton University in association with Princeton University Press, 2012



When is a landscape more than a landscape? This is a richly illustrated study of an important genre of Ming-dynasty Chinese painting in which landscapes are actually disguised portraits that celebrate an individual and his achievements, ambitions, and tastes in an open effort to win recognition, support, and social status. In this unique study, Anne de Coursey Clapp presents a broad view of these commemorative landscape paintings, including antecedents in the Song and Yuan dynasties.