Subject of this book is the social and cultural history of Chinese art collecting during the early years of Mongol rule in China (the Yuan dynasty, 1276-1368).
At the core of Weitz’s book is a complete translation of the
Record of Clouds and Mist Passing Before One’s Eyes (Yunyan guoyan lu), an art catalog written by the Song dynasty loyalist Zhou Mi (1232-1298). This text contains detailed records of more than forty private art collections that the author saw in Hangzhou between 1275 and 1296.
The careful annotations, scholarly introduction, and well-researched appendices help to broaden our understanding of the early care and transmission of artworks, the social dimensions of art collecting, and the development of a multi-ethnic society in Yuan China.
Ankeney Weitz, Ph.D. (1994) in History of Art, University of Kansas, is Assistant Professor of Art and East Asian Studies at Colby College, Waterville, Maine. She has published several works on the art market and art collecting during the early Yuan dynasty, including:
Notes on the Early Yuan Antique Art Market in Hangzhou, Ars Orientalis 27 (1997).
"...a stimulating and well-documented discussion of art collecting in late-thirteenth century China." – Julia K. Murray, in:
CAA Reviews (2004) "In this authoritative and amply explicated version, Zhou Mi’s
Record of Clouds and Mist suggests many ideas for further inquiry and lends itself to a range of historical studies. Weitz’s own thought-provoking discussion of its bearing on collecting and the art market, of social and economic history, should be the first of many." – Susan E. Nelson, in:
Artibus Asiae (2004) "…Weitz’s book engages us in a new view of collecting culture in the artistic and social contexts of thirteenth-century China… This pubication solidly advances modern scholaship on the course of Chinese art and painting." – Diana Yeongchau Chou, in:
Journal of the American Oriental Society (2003)
Interesting for sinologists, social and cultural historians and Art museums with Chinese art collections.