Art Discuss a piece of Chinese art
Discuss a piece of Chinese art on view at the Philadelphia Museum of art (galleries 226, 233-236, 239, and 240). Two approaches could be used for the paper: first, the techniques involved in the making of the object; second, the relationship between the object and its cultural or social context. The paper could be an analysis of both. It could also focus on either one of the two. In any case, give a thorough description of the selected object.
Here are some questions you may consider: What is it? What is the material? How are lines, shapes, colors, and space being used? How does it look like from different angles? What is its scale? When was it created? Was it something with a practical use? What would be the process of its making? Was the technique old or new, common or rare, at the time of the creation of the object? Does the object inform us about the time period or society in which it was produced?
This is the subject which I need to write about. All requirements upload to you. I am not sure about the sources, but I think I need to have a sources.
Try to search in Summon or Diamond Catalog using the dynasty, the name of the emperor, and the material. For example, type in “Tang Sancai,” “Song Jade,” “Ming ceramic,” “Qing painting,” or “Chinese architecture.” It is rare that you would find an article on the exact object that you are writing, but many similar examples will provide you with the background and the technology.
| Online Resources |
Metropolitan Museum of Art: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hi/te_index.asp?i=9
The Met has a number of essays online. This above link leads to the essays on Chinese art. You will also find citations and further readings at the bottom of each essay.
National Palace Museum: http://www.npm.gov.tw/en/Article.aspx?sNo=02000019&pageNo=1
Here are thematic websites on some of the exhibitions that were held at the museum. You may find it useful if you are writing on something similar to those themes.