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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Lothar Ledderose (Author of Ten Thousand Things)

The exhibition of the terracotta army of the First Emperor of China was perhaps the most comprehensive one in the West exhibition catalogue Jenseits der grossen Mauer. 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.

The second volume in the series dedicated to the Buddhist stone sutras in China is the first volume with the sites in Sichuan Province. Characteristic for Sichuan are cave chapels, hewn out of red sandstone cliffs, which each can contain tens of thousands of characters.

Under the title “Living Legacies: The work deserves a wide readership, drawn from anyone who thinks that creativity matters. The Buddhist sutra inscriptions in cave chapels at the Grove of the Reclining Buddha Wofoyuan are almost unknown outside China.

He shows as well how modular patterns of thought run through Chinese ideas about personal freedom, China’s culture of bureaucracy, Chinese religion, and even the organization of Chinese restaurants. 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.

He explores the dazzling variety of lacquerware and porcelain that the West found so seductive, and examines how works as diverse as imperial palaces and paintings of hell relied on elegant variation of standardized components.


He then continued his studies at Princeton and Harvard, and spent several years in East Asia, including work at the National Palace Museum in Taipei and a research fellowship at Tokyo University. He did postgraduate research at Princeton University and Harvard University — and worked as a translator at Taipei’s National Palace Museum — Professor Lothar Ledderose is one the most interesting experts on the art history of China ledderosee Japan living outside those countries.

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In the West and in East Asia he is recognized for the incisiveness and imagination of his work. After reading ledxerose, one cannot but be excited about the future direction and possibilities of Chinese art history. A renowned authority in his field, he received the prestigious Balzan Prize in Views Read Edit View history. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link.

Flath, Pacific Affairs “Ledderose’s book, although written to be accessible to a nonspecialist reader, should have an equally impressive impact on scholars It sets the highest possible standards for such projects. As he reveals, these systems have deep roots in Chinese thought–in the idea that the universe consists of ten thousand leddedose of things, for example–and reflect characteristically Chinese modes of social organization.

Retrieved from ” https: This may be a book with a large and ambitious thesis, but it is also one very firmly grounded in specifics In the s, Lothar Ledderose explored new avenues of research on what he calls modular art production in China. It showed a broad new approach to the interpretation of cultural and artistic patterns on both sides of the globe, and became a classic study of East-West intellectual and cultural relations.

This second volume on the site presents the sutras pothar caves 29 and Van Gulik’s Tobacco Box, In: Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of 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.


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His Ten Thousand Things: Lothar Ledderose is one of the most distinguished scholars of Chinese art history worldwide. Looking for beautiful books? He was fellow and visiting professor at a great number kedderose academic institutions, among which should be mentioned: We can notify you when this item is back in stock. Other books in this series. Working in collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Social 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.

Chinese script, an ancient system of fifty thousand characters produced from a repertoire of loyhar about two hundred components.

Ten Thousand Things : Module and Mass Production in Chinese Art

He is thoroughly acquainted with the rich scholarly heritage in East Asia and he combines the rigour of the German academic tradition with flexibility and openness to new ideas.

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Paths to the Absolute John Golding. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. This part of his life acquainted him with the international academic environment and broadened his view of the subject. 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.

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.