Poetry and Painting in Song China: The Subtle Art of Dissent

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During the Song dynasty (960-1278), some members of China's elite found an elegant and subtle means of dissent: landscape painting. By examining literary archetypes, the titles of paintings, contemporary inscriptions, and the historical context, Alfreda Murck shows that certain paintings expressed strong political opinions--some transparent, others deliberately concealed. She argues that the capacity of painting's systems of reference to allow scholars to express dissent with impunity contributed to the art's vitality and ...

Poetry and Painting in Song China: The Subtle Art of Dissent 2002, Harvard University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9780674007826

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