Lothar Ledderose is one of the most distinguished scholars of Chinese art history worldwide. In the West and in East Asia he is recognized for the incisiveness. Lothar Ledderose, University of Heidelberg, Kunstgeschichte Ostasiens Department, Faculty Member. Studies Buddhist art and architecture, Chinese Art . Evans-Wentz Lecture TALK SUMMARY In the sixth century Buddhist monks in present-day Shandong engraved Buddha names and excerpts from Sutra texts.

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The clarity of exposition and the liveliness of the language makes each of the eight linked essays a pleasure to read on its own Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. He was fellow and visiting professor at a great number of academic institutions, among which should be mentioned: Lothar Ledderose takes us on a remarkable tour of Chinese art and culture to explain how artists used complex systems of mass production to assemble extraordinary objects from standardized parts or modules.

Module and Mass Production in Chinese Art more. In his book Ten Thousand Things: Kunstgeschichte und Weltkunstgeschichte more.

Views Read Edit View history. His pioneering books of the s on seal script and the canonical figure of Mi Fu are a significant part of the small body of works on this art in western languages. His explanation is that systems were devised so that products could be assembled in ever newer combinations from a variety of standardized components. Lothar Ledderose begins Ten Thousand Things with an observation that has broad implications for the relationship between technology and culture.

Ledderose explains that Chinese artists, unlike their Western counterparts, did not seek to reproduce individual objects of nature faithfully, but sought instead to mimic nature’s ability to produce limitless numbers of objects. Der erste Kaiser von China und seine Terrakotta-Armee, Description Chinese workers in the third century b.


Buddhist art and architecture. Lothar Ledderose demonstrates how creativity rooted in the natural processes of fecundity and multiplicity can be observed in a range of art forms across the whole spectrum of Chinese art ledderkse, beginning with the terracotta warriors of the First Emperor. As these examples show, the Chinese throughout history have produced works of art in astonishing quantities–and have done so without sacrificing quality, affordability, or speed of manufacture.

Skip to main content. Originally presented as a series of Mellon lectures at the National Gallery of Art, Ten Thousand Things combines keen aesthetic and cultural insights with a rich variety of illustrations to make a profound new statement about Chinese art and society.

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We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Shandong 2, newly published more. His Ten Thousand Things: The Best Books of Working in collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Loothar Sciences in Beijing and involving scholars from Japan and Taiwan, Lothar Ledderose aims to document, translate and analyze these inscriptions, and to produce virtual models of the sites.

Under the title “Living Legacies: The Levenson committee commented that “in bridging the divides between ‘high art’ and ‘craft,’ connoisseurship and social production, as well as philology and political history, this book is a milestone in the study of art history and material cultures in China. He did postgraduate research at Princeton University and Harvard University — and worked as a translator at Taipei’s Ltohar Palace Museum — It sets the highest possible standards for such projects.

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Sakaki Hyakusen and Early Nanga Painting more. Chinese script, an ancient system of fifty thousand characters produced from a repertoire of only about two hundred components.

Over the past few years, Lothar Ledderose has shifted his attention towards the Buddhist tradition in Chinese culture and art, studying Buddhist scriptures engraved on stone, which begin in the second half of the 6th century. His worldwide recognition gives him the opportunity to promote the subjects of his research in an international lexderose and to involve several generations of younger scholars. How have they managed this?


Orientations, Maypp. Lothar Ledderose has ledderlse an outstanding contribution to research on one of the problems which have traditionally fascinated European scholars of Asian art — its relation to the West.

In the s, Lothar Ledderose explored new avenues of research on what he calls modular art production in China. This book makes a significant contribution in illuminating fundamental paradigms of Chinese art history, and it lays a foundation for a more truly global art history. Paths to the Absolute John Golding. Retrieved from ” https: Ledderose begins with the modular system par excellence: The Journal of Asian Studies.

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In arguing that Chinese art and culture are just as dynamic as those in Europe, albeit with very different concepts of ‘art’ and ‘creativity,’ Professor Ledderose has opened doors for new comparative studies that do justice to both global frameworks and cultural specificities. Book ratings by Goodreads. On the occasion of Ledderose’s retirement inan international conference was held from 10 to 12 July at the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” at Heidelberg University.

A renowned authority in his field, he received the prestigious Balzan Prize in After reading it, one cannot but be excited about the future direction and possibilities of Chinese art history. Looking for beautiful books? By using our website you agree to our use of cookies.