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The Elegant Life of The Chinese Literati

From the Chinese Classic, 'Treatise on Superfluous Things', Finding Harmony and Joy in Everyday...

Wen Zhenheng Chen Zhi



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Shanghai Press
24 September 2019
Oriental art; History of art: ancient & classical art; Asian history
With annotations by Chen Zhi, a well known modern scholar of Chinese garden design, readers gain insight into the historical and cultural context of instructions such as, 'The wooden cross-piece of the door frame should have a strip of speckled bamboo nailed horizontally across it either with two or four nails, never six.' Lavishly illustrated with famous Chinese paintings and photographs of Chinese gardens, furniture, and objets d'art, readers can immerse themselves in Chinese culture, history, and values, and perhaps even learn to appreciate the everyday objects in their own lives. With the pace of modern life, we often don't stop to appreciate the little things in life. Everyday objects go unnoticed and are continuously under-appreciated. However, these individual elements come together to form a larger picture - one that defines our lifestyle.
By:   Wen Zhenheng, Chen Zhi
Imprint:   Shanghai Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 262mm,  Width: 185mm, 
ISBN:   9781602200395
ISBN 10:   1602200394
Pages:   180
Publication Date:   24 September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Wen Zhenheng (1585-1645) was a bibliophile and expert in garden design who excelled in poetry, prose, and painting. He was the grandson of noted Ming Dynasty painter, calligrapher, and literary figure Wen Zhengming (1470-1559).

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