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China and the Church : Chinoiserie in Global Context (Hardcover) (Christopher M. S. Johns)

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"This groundbreaking study examines decorative Chinese works of art and visual culture, known as chinoiserie, in the context of church and state politics, with a particular focus on the Catholic missions' impact on Western attitudes toward China and the Chinese. Art-historical examinations of chinoiserie have largely ignored the role of the church and its conversion efforts in Asia; Johns, however, demonstrates that the emperor's 1722 prohibition against Catholic evangelization, occurring after almost a century and a half of tolerance, prompted a remarkable change in European visualizations of China in Roman Catholic countries. China and the Church considers the progress of Christianity in China during the late Ming and early Qing dynasties, examines authentic works of Chinese art available to European artists producing chinoiserie, and explains how the East Asian male body in Western art changed from "normative" depictions to whimsical, feminized grotesques after the collapse of the missionary efforts during the 1720s."--Provided by publisher.
This groundbreaking study examines decorative Chinese works of art and visual culture, known as chinoiserie, in the context of church and state politics, with a particular focus on the Catholic missions? impact on Western attitudes toward China and the Chinese. Art-historical examinations of chinoiserie have largely ignored the role of the church and its conversion efforts in Asia; Johns, however, demonstrates that the emperor?s 1722 prohibition against Catholic evangelization, occurring after almost a century and a half of tolerance, prompted a remarkable change in European visualizations of China in Roman Catholic countries. China and the Church considers the progress of Christianity in China during the late Ming and early Qing dynasties, examines authentic works of Chinese art available to European artists producing chinoiserie, and explains how the East Asian male body in Western art changed from normative? depictions to whimsical, feminized grotesques after the collapse of the missionary efforts during the 1720s.
Number of Pages: 192
Genre: Art
Sub-Genre: European, Subjects + Themes / Religious, Asian / General
Series Title: Franklin D. Murphy Lectures
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of California Pr
Author: Christopher M. S. Johns
Language: English
Street Date: February 16, 2016
TCIN: 31170705
UPC: 9780520284654
Item Number (DPCI): 247-51-2467
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