- Editor: Clarissa von Spee
- Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Pages: 192
- Illustrations: 129 in full color
- Dimensions: 9 3/4'' x 9 3/4''
- Format: Paperback
- ISBN: 9780714124605
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Papermaking and printing were invented in China centuries before they were known in Europe. This beautifully illustrated book presents for the first time a selection from the entire range of Chinese prints held by the British Museum, one of the most comprehensive collections outside Asia. By illuminating the story of printing in China from its inception around 700 AD to the present day, the book explores the role of the Chinese pictorial print in various cultural contexts. Included are Buddhist prints from the Silk Road, colourful pictures used in folk rituals and festivals, imperial engravings, dramatic anti- war images of the Modern Woodcut Movement and contemporary prints that have gained recognition on the international art scene.
In her introduction, Clarissa von Spee gives a concise survey of the subject and traces the museum's Chinese print-collecting history. Contributions from three international experts—Thomas G. Ebrey, Anne Farrer and Hiromitsu Kobayashi—discus groups of prints that are highlights in the collection and offer context for the individual prints that follow. Focusing on over 100 of its finest examples, this magnificent books brings an outstanding collection to a wider audience and celebrates the artistic creativity of the Chinese printmaker.
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