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Picturing Technology in China: From Earliest Times to the Nineteenth Century

Peter J. Golas


Although the history of technological and scientific illustrations is a well-established field in the West, scholarship on the much longer Chinese experience is still undeveloped. This work by Peter Golas is a short, illustrated overview tracing the subject to pre-Han inscriptions but focusing mainly on the Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties. His main theme is that technological drawings developed in a different way in China from in the West largely because they were made by artists rather than by specialist illustrators or practitioners of technology. He examines the techniques of these art ... More

Keywords: China, Scientific illustrations, Drawing techniques, Technical development, Literati, Science, Wood block printing, Agriculture, Industry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9789888208159
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888208159.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter J. Golas, author
University of Denver