The Thirty-Six Views of the Imperial Summer Resort (Bishu Shanzhuang)
Colour printing on xuan (bamboo paper), hand embossing, woodblock printing and xian zhuang (stitched binding) are all ancient techniques used by JAPL. Items of particular interest produced include the recreation of 500 year old books originally made by Emperor Yongle to record the Ming Dynasty, as well as key Confucius teachings. The books and scriptures, amongst other collections and art works, all displaying the time consuming and intricate skills, can be found in the vast on-site product exhibition room.
Description: A set of thirty-four woodcut images, created to accompany a compilation of verses written by the Kangxi emperor (r. 1662–1722) titled Imperial Poems on Thirty-Six Views of the Summer Resort. The illustrations are based on paintings created by Shen Yu (active early 18th century), a court-painter who excelled at rendering architectural structures. Originally produced in 1712, this set is most likely a later re-cut edition made in 1741 under Kangxi’s grandson, the Qianlong emperor (r. 1736–1795), who took these prints as the model for Forty Views of the Yuanming Garden.
Keywords: Thread-bound books, hard-bound books, copy of ancient paintings, engraving printing, collo edition
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