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Clothed to Rule the Universe: Ming and Qing Dynasty Textiles at The Art Institute of Chicago

Vol. 26, no. 2
Fall 2000
In print
Softcover $14.95
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This special issue of Museum Studies is the first publication devoted entirely to the Art Institute's exceptional collection of Chinese textiles. Coinciding with an exhibition of the same title,Clothed to Rule the Universe showcases approximately 80 objects from the museum's holdings of roughly 500 Chinese textiles dating from the 17th to the early 20th century. A main essay by John M. Vollmer surveys the entire collection within its historical and religious context and is followed by brief, engaging entries on individual works. Also included is an essay exploring the fascinating history of Chinese-textile collecting in Chicago. Richly illustrated with full-color reproductions, this issue serves both as a guide to the Art Institute's important Chinese textile holdings and as an essential reference source for all those interested in these brilliant artifacts.

Table of Contents:

Christa C. Mayer Thurman 
Clothed to Rule the Universe: Ming and Qing Dynasty Textiles at the Art Institute of Chicago 
John E. Vollmer 
John E. Vollmer 
Color, Life, and Moment: Early Chicago Collectors of Chinese Textiles 
Elinor Pearlstein 
Selected References and Notes

The Art Institute of Chicago, 2001 
8 3/8 x 10 1/4 in.; 112 pages; 100 illustrations 
Softcover ISBN 0-295-98026-5