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Narrative, naturalism, and the body in Classical Greek and Early Imperial Chinese art

Tanner, J; (2017) Narrative, naturalism, and the body in Classical Greek and Early Imperial Chinese art. In: Elsner, J, (ed.) Comparativism in Art History. (pp. 180-224). Routledge: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

This chapter develops a first sketch of a more systematic comparative analysis of Classical Greek and Han Chinese naturalism and to show how such a comparative approach can resolve some of the conundrums thrown up by the casual and implicit East–West comparisons of earlier studies. It shows that a comparative approach both requires and facilitates the development of a more sophisticated understanding of exactly what naturalism might be and that it permits a more persuasive account of the perceptual, social, political. And cultural coordinates of the artistic phenomena one categorize as "naturalism" in Classical Greece and Early Imperial China. The apparent parallelism in the development of naturalism in early Greece and China is problematic for both Gombrich's and Bryson's accounts. If, following Bryson, the depictive strategies that one call naturalism constitute a set of culturally specific purely Western conventions that have been arbitrarily designated as representing the real.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Narrative, naturalism, and the body in Classical Greek and Early Imperial Chinese art
ISBN-13: 9781472418845
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.4324/9781315095530-12
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315095530-12
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Chinese Art, Art History, Big Tex, Wu Hung, Global Art History, Art Historical Comparisons, Western Art History, Staatliche Antikensammlung Und Glyptothek, Wu Family Shrines, Traditional Art History, Art Historical Practice, Wu Zixu, Islamic Art, Christian Marclay, Ink Rubbings, Depictive Content, Historisches Museum, Dutch Group Portrait, Hylomorphic Model, Chinese Sculpture
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1505851
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