Available June 2013.
The Chinese art collection in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is one of the finest outside East Asia, with particularly superb holdings of paintings and ceramics, along with important sculptures, bronzes, and examples of the decorative arts. Some one hundred objects have been selected here to represent its riches, arranged to explore themes such as religion or the scholar tradition throughout China’s long history. The works featured in Arts of China reach in time from Neolithic tomb artifacts to contemporary painting and include exquisite porcelains, paintings, sculptures, lacquerware, and metalwork created for worship, court life, foreign trade, or everyday use. Many reflect engagement with earlier traditions or with cultures outside China, including those of Central Asia and India as well as Europe and America. Enhanced with illuminating essays, this book offers an ideal introduction to the breathtaking beauty and variety of Chinese art.