Index to Ming Dynasty Chinese Paintings

A database containing over 9,000 records of Chinese artwork and artists from the Ming Dynasty.

The Ming Dynasty Chinese painters and paintings index is a searchable dataset that continues James Cahill's print publication An index of early Chinese painters and paintings: T'ang, Sung, and Yüan

Compiled by Professor Cahill over a period of many years, the database contains over 9,000 records including three types of data:

  • artist biographies
  • artwork descriptions
  • a bibliography covering the Ming Dynasty period, mid-14th through mid-17th centuries in China

Artist and place names are currently transliterated in Wade-Giles, and painting titles are in English or Wade-Giles.

Many titles in the bibliography field contain Asian characters and can be searched using Asian script.

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Additional information about the index can be found in HOLLIS.


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