China and the Church: Chinoiserie in Global Context by Christopher M. S. JohnsChina and the Church: Chinoiserie in Global Context by Christopher M. S. Johns

China and the Church: Chinoiserie in Global Context

byChristopher M. S. Johns

Hardcover | February 16, 2016

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This groundbreaking study examines decorative Chinese works of art and visual culture, known as chinoiserie, in the context of church and state politics, with a particular focus on the Catholic missions' impact on Western attitudes toward China and the Chinese.

Art-historical examinations of chinoiserie have largely ignored the role of the Church and its conversion efforts in Asia. Johns, however, demonstrates that the emperor's 1722 prohibition against Catholic evangelization, which occurred after almost a century and a half of tolerance, prompted a remarkable change in European visualizations of China in Roman Catholic countries.ChinaandtheChurchconsiders the progress of Christianity in China during the late Ming and early Qing dynasties, examines authentic works of Chinese art available to the European artists who produced chinoiserie, and explains how the East Asian male body in Western art changed from “normative depictions to whimsical, feminized grotesques after the collapse of the missionary efforts during the 1720s.
Christopher M. S. Johnsis Norman and Roselea Goldberg Professor of History of Art at Vanderbilt University. He is author ofPapal Art and Cultural Politics: Rome in the Age of Clement XI,Antonio Canova and the Politics of Patronage in Revolutionary and Napoleonic Europe, andThe Visual Culture of Catholic Enlightenment.
Title:China and the Church: Chinoiserie in Global ContextFormat:HardcoverDimensions:206 pages, 8 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:February 16, 2016Publisher:UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0520284658

ISBN - 13:9780520284654

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"This slender but beautifully produced book by Christopher Johns, a scholar of Late Baroque Italy, approaches China from the West, looking at the impact of the Jesuit exchange upon chinoiserie."