Photos. VG lg sz PB. By the 8th century reclusion had become a noble alternative to precarious presence at court. The lure of a simple solitary. Life in harmony with nature was one impetus toward the building of walled garden complexes. Wang Wei's 8th century Wangchuan Villa was composed of rambling villas, pavilions, and halls connected by bridges and paths. It became a compelling symbol in both painting and poetry for the elegant life of a scholar.
Very Good- Upper fore corner of the back cover is creased, else very minor wear on the clean, stapled binding. Upper fore corners of the contents are bent slightly; contents are clean and unmarked. This is a large book and is not eligible for Priority or Air under standard fees.; PAPER COVERS...Glossy, color-photo illustrated cover is about the weight of posterboard. ART. "An important element...is the Astor Court, a Ming-dynasty garden court set in the midst of galleries devoted to Chinese paintings...The model for the Astor Court is a small courtyard in the Garden of the Master of the Fishing Nets in Suzhou, a city west of Shanghai that experienced a flourishing garden culture during the Ming period. The hall at the north end of the courtyard was created to display in an authentic setting a magnificent collection of Ming-dynasty domestic furniture purchased with the help of the Vincent Astor Foundation in 1976."...This book was reprinted from THE METROPOLITAN MUSUEM OF ART BULLETIN (Winter 1980/81). Jam-packed with color and b/w photos & art reproductions.; 8-3/8 x 11"; 64 pages.
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