Clunas, Craig: ELEGANT DEBTS. The Social Art of Wen Zhengming. London, 2004. 223 pp. 100 illustrations, 60 in colour. 28x10 cm. Cloth.
Renowned as one of the great 'scholar painters' of the Ming dynasty, Wen Zhengming (1470-1559) was enmeshed in a complex web of social obligation - his 'elegant debts' as he called them - which led to many of his most celebrated works. This work uses many primary sources for Wen's life and works, and examines the ways in which social obligation and gift exchange were central to personal and individual identity in the Ming period. An erudite study.
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