This book establishes a new approach to reading Chinese landscape painting. It centers around an early key example of scholarly painting, viz. Dream Journey on the Xiao and Xiang Rivers (late 12th century). The author of this volume restores the status of Dream Journey as a cultural icon for Confucians, an object of contemplation for aesthetes, an imaginary dream journey for poets, and an incentive to cultivate one's moral intentions for both Buddhist monks and lay scholars.
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Valerie Malenfer Ortiz, Ph.D. (1990) in Fine Arts, Harvard University, has published on the history of Chinese painting, concentrating on the Southern Song and Ming periods.Review:
'"This book deserves praise as the first monograph on "Dream Journey," for its penetrating insights into Literati as well as Chan art and the aesthetics, philosophy and art theories behind it This is a long overdue contribution to our understanding of Song art based on one of the few undisputed paintings of this crucial period of Chinese culture."' Uta Lauer, "Arts Asiatiques", 2000.
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