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Two Twelfth-Century Texts on Chinese Painting presents two texts in translation that provide dual insight into the Painting Academy of Emperor Hui-tsung and the literati school of painting.
The Shan-shui ch’un-ch’uan chi is a treatise for beginning landscape painters dated to the Hsüan-ho era. The treatise was written by Han Cho, a reputed member of the Academy, but the text was not specifically directed at Academicians. The treatise collects and orders previous writings on landscape painting; one of Han Cho’s main goals is to list all landscape definitions and their practical application in painting. Yet his view is more detached and analytical than a stereotypical Academy painter, revealing an approach reminiscent of Confucian scholarship and literati painting as well.
The Hua-chi by Teng Ch’un is a history of painting that was written as a sequel to two earlier painting histories. In ten chapters, Teng Ch’un compiles facts and critical evaluations of painters from 1075 to 1167, as well as listings of selected masterpieces. Teng Ch’un provides more specific information about the Academy than Han Cho, discussing its organization and examination system, and noting that “form-likeness” and adherence to rules were leading standards for painting in the Academy. On the other hand, he thinks that painting should transmit “soul,” not just “form.” Thus, Teng Ch’un writes the history of both the establishment values of the Academy and the intellectual tendencies of the literati.

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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Part I Shan-shui ch’un-chüan chi
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  1. Han Cho’s Preface1
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  1. Concerning Mountains
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  1. Concerning Water
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  1. Concerning Forests and Trees
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  1. Concerning Rocks
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  1. Concerning Clouds and Mist, Misty Luminosity, Wind, Rain, Snow and Fog
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  1. Concerning Figures, Bridges, Gateways, Walls, Temples, Monasteries, Mountain Retreats, Boats, and Scenes of the Four Seasons
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  1. Concerning Defects in the Use of Brush and Ink, Standards, and Ch’i-yün
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  1. Concerning Acumen in the Examination of Paintings
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  1. Notes
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  1. Part II Hua-chi
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  1. Hua-chi, Chapter Nine: Concerning the Distant Past
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  1. Hua-chi, Chapter Ten: Concerning the Recent Past
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  1. Series List
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780472901548
Related ISBN
9780892640089
MARC Record
OCLC
1191811235
Launched on MUSE
2020-09-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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