National Palace Museum: HECHU SHI PENGLAI XIANSHAN TU TEZHAN. Whereto Paradise: Picturing Mountains of Immortality in Chinese Art. Taibei, 2018. 191, xix pp. Colour plates throughout, many full page. 1 foldout. 30x21 cm. Boards.
Catalogue of a focussed exhibition at the National Palace Museum in Taibei on the depiction of immortal realms and places of paradise in Chinese mythology. In three sections. The first section: 'Floating Mists of Immortal Realms' deals with the fabulous beauty of immortal mountain palaces such as Penglai, Kunlun, Fanghu and Yingzhou. The second section: 'Different Abodes of Immortality' explores mysterious grotto paradises and blessed lands. The third part: 'Prolonging Life and Becoming an Immortal' reflects the theme of the quest for immortality that has, at times, obsessed the Chinese emperors. The 30 works of art, predominantly painting, are drawn from the Museum's superb collection and include early and rarely-seen paintings. A good reference on this somewhat obscure aspect of Chinese mythology. Introduction, list of contents and descriptions of exhibits in English. Main text in Chinese.
Subjects: Painting Myths and Legends
Available, as of: 08/11/2019
Was item 549 in printed List 197.
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