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Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 167, 2009 Lectures$
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Ron Johnston

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264775

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264775.001.0001

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Shitao (1642–1707) and the Traditional Chinese Conception of Ruins

Shitao (1642–1707) and the Traditional Chinese Conception of Ruins

Aspects Of Art Lecture

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(p.263) Shitao (1642–1707) and the Traditional Chinese Conception of Ruins
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Proceedings of the British Academy Volume 167, 2009 Lectures
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Wu Hung

Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264775.003.0009

This chapter presents the text of a lecture on Shitao and the traditional Chinese conception of ruins given at the British Academy's 2009 Aspects of Art Lecture. This text investigates the conception of ruins in traditional Chinese pictorial art focusing on the work of Chinese master Shitao. It traces the indigenous definitions of ruins as well as a broad variety of images related to the idea of ruination. It analyzes Shitao's Yellow Mountain paintings, and links his depictions of architectural ruins with the idea of qi or the strange or extraordinary phenomena.

Keywords:   Shitao, ruins, Chinese pictorial art, ruination, Yellow Mountain painting, qi

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