Henri Bertin and the Representation of China in Eighteenth-Century France

1st Edition

John Finlay

Routledge
July 9, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 224 Pages - 14 Color & 29 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138204737 - CAT# Y289460
Series: Routledge Research in Art History

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Summary

    This is an in-depth study of the intellectual, technical, and artistic encounters between Europe and China in the late eighteenth century, focusing on the purposeful acquisition of information and images that characterized a direct engagement with the idea of "China."

    The central figure in this story is Henri-Léonard Bertin (1720-1792), who served as a minister of state under Louis XV and, briefly, Louis XVI. Both his official position and personal passion for all things Chinese placed him at the center of intersecting networks of like-minded individuals who shared his ideal vision of China as a nation from which France had much to learn. John Finlay examines a fascinating episode in the rich history of cross-cultural exchange between China and Europe in the early-modern period, and this book will be an important and timely contribution to a very current discussion about Sino-French cultural relations.

    This book will be of interest to scholars in art history, visual culture, and European history.

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