This is the first ever series on the history of Chinese art. It also boasts an encyclopedia on the subject. In this series, the authors enter into comprehensive discussion on fine art, music, opera, dancing and Quyi (a kind of Chinese fork art, including ballad singing, storytelling, comic dialogues, clapper talks, cross talks, etc.) from ancient China through to primeval society to the Qing Dynasty. The series attempts to uncover the social background to and the law of development in the arts across a certain period.
It is a creative masterpiece that serves a practical objective as well as academic, documentary and aesthetic purposes.
It represents the national research level of artistic studies.
It contains more than 3,000 illustrations and over 10,000 references.