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Old Masters Repainted

Wu Zhen (1280–1354), Prime Objects and Accretions

Old Masters Repainted is art history at its most basic, formalist level, and the first in-depth exposition of the nature and function of posthumous attributions in Chinese painting. In a revolutionary case study on the Yuan dynasty Daoist recluse Wu Zhen (1280 - 1354), Stanley-Baker methodically excavates from a group of attributions the true identity of the master, illumines the nature and quality of his unique brilliance, and exposes the roles and times of his diverse impersonators. This singular and provocative detective work adds exciting new dimensions to the appreciation and study of medieval painting. In the breadth and depth of its probing, this book breaks the confines of Chinese painting history and will be enjoyed by all readers interested in old masters regardless of period or country.

562 pages | 8 x 11


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