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Volume 51: The Graphic Arts

The graphic arts emphasize design, be it in the arts of drawing, painting, engraving, etching, or other print media, from the techniques of producing a single image to the composition of the page, the album, or the book. Volume 51 of Ars Orientalis focuses on how interlocking practices of making, collecting, compiling, and publishing graphic arts across Asia and between regions in Asia and Europe encouraged the replication, as well as the subtle transformation, of forms, opening up new possibilities for interpretation. The essays specifically attend to the steady replication of readily identifiable forms—whether portraits, general types of people, flora or fauna, ornament, books or other objects, or even the materials of making themselves, like paper—along with their production in artist workshops, libraries, and publishing houses, and their collection in albums, books, or other compendia. In short, the articles engage with the creation and reception of forms and how they wander.

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Ars Orientalis Back Issues

Thanks to a digitization effort made possible with help from Smithsonian Libraries and the Internet Archive, we can now offer Ars Orientalis volumes 1 to 41, and its predecessor Ars Islamica volumes 1-16 free of charge to viewers worldwide (read about the journal’s history here). Flip through these pages online, or download files to your digital library for later reading. Titles followed by an asterisk (*) are out of stock in their print editions, but available digitally.


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