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Chinese Painting and its Audiences

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Acknowledgments ix Introduction 1 1 Beginning and Ending 5 2 The Gentleman 37 3 The Emperor 85 4 The Merchant 117 5 The Nation 155 6 The People 193 Conclusion 229 Notes 237 Bibliography 263 Index 277 Photography and Copyright Credits 287

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Craig Clunas is Professor of the History of Art at the University of Oxford. His books include Screen of Kings: Royal Art and Power in Ming China, Empire of Great Brightness: Visual and Material Culture and Social Status in Early Modern China, and Art in China.


"Absolutely lavishly illustrated."--Rana Mitter, Free Thinking, BBC Radio 3

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