Spanning more than 5,000 years, from the Prehistoric and Bronze periods through the various dynasties to the twentieth century and today, The Story of Chinese Art is a magnificent, visually rich collection of artwork that offers an unprecedented look into the vast cultural history of China. The home to some of the world's oldest and most distinguished works of art, China has a long, prestigious culture rich in ancient techniques and traditions. Today, the market for Chinese art-both ancient and modern-is among the hottest and fastest growing in the world. The first book sanctioned by the Chinese government, and curated and edited by key art critics from the finest institutions in China, The Story of Chinese Art is an unprecedented work of cultural history that draws from every museum, library, and palace in China and Taipei, as well as museums around the world. Each chapter explores the art produced during an individual period or dynasty, and the cultural, historical, and stylistic impact of the highlighted pieces. This comprehensive guide features more than 1,000 paintings, calligraphy drawings, lithographs, sculptures, and works of pottery, and examines Chinese art in all its multifaceted forms and contexts: figure paintings, landscapes, inks on silk, and much more. Included as well are key pieces of Western art which add temporal context, affording readers a wider perspective and fuller understanding-viewing what was happening in the West at the time when key events were taking place in China. Shedding light on the evolution of China's development, The Story of Chinese Art will inspire historians and artists alike.