The illusion of verisimilitude : Johan Nieuhof’s images of China

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The illusion of verisimilitude : Johan Nieuhof’s images of China

Title: The illusion of verisimilitude : Johan Nieuhof’s images of China
Author: Sun, Jing
Publisher: Art History Department, Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS), Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University
Issue Date: 2013-06-06
Keywords: Johan Nieuhof
Het Gezantschap
Melchisédech Thévenot
Na het leven
From life
The image of China in Europe
Chinoiserie
Dutch travelogue
The first Dutch embassy visit to China
Abstract: The central theme of this dissertation is the investigation of the images of China in Europe in the seventeenth century through the works of China made by Johan Nieuhof on the visit of the first Dutch embassy to China in 1655–57, and of the reproductions made on the basis of his sketches. Involving mainly the drawings in the Paris manuscript, the engravings in the first Dutch edition in 1665, and later works of chinoiserie inspired by the engravings, my analysis concentrates on the issues including what kinds of images of China were represented by Nieuhof, and how to interpret the “na het leven” claim of the drawings and the engravings in the context of Dutch pictorial conventions of the seventeenth century. The main contribution of this dissertation is to shed light on the studies of images of China presented to European audiences, the illustrations of Dutch travelogue and the “na het leven” images made by Dutch artists in the seventeenth century. Meanwhile, the study of the “na het leven” quality of the drawings and illustrations reveals a more complicated relationship between Nieuhof’s images of China and chinoiserie.
Description: Promotores: J.L. Blussé van Oud Alblas, L. Tilanus
With Summary in Dutch
Faculty: Faculteit der Letteren
Citation: Sun, J., 2013, Doctoral Thesis, Leiden University
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/20937
 

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