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Changes in and Influence of the Images in the Bencao Yuanshi (2015)


The Bencao Yuanshi(Origins of materia medica) is a sophisticated illustrated medical work of the late Ming Dynasty. Its images are characterized by some new ideas in the use of partial images,profiles,methods of annotation and image composition,though the concepts of drawing changed little. This work was widespread in the Ming and Qing dynasties,when private printing workshops,especially those of the Zhou family,were important in its transmission. However,this transmission also resulted in the steady loss of useful information about the image. Some other material medica works were influenced by its style,though they largely copied its images,and were unable to escape from Li Zhongli’s stereotypes.

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Authors & Contributors
Sun, Chengsheng
Wang, Guangchao
Nappi, Carla Suzan
Naquin, Susan
Chen, Zhihui
Min, Zong-dian
Ziran Kexueshi Yanjiu (Studies in the History of Natural Sciences)
Nei Menggu Shifan Daxue Xuebao (Ziran Kexue Ban)
East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine
Zhongguo Keji Shiliao (China Historical Materials of Science and Technology)
Lishi yuyan yanjiuso jikan (Bulletin of the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica)
Studies in Dialectics of Nature
Princeton University
Harvard University Press
Hong Kong University Press
East Asia, civilization and culture
Cross-cultural interaction; cultural influence
Western world, civilization and culture
Transmission of ideas
Vagnoni, Alfonso
Li, Shizhen
Ricci, Matteo
Li Hongzhang (1823-1901)
Shao Zeng (1832-1877)
Ming dynasty (China, 1368-1644)
Qing dynasty (China, 1644-1912)
16th century
17th century
Yuan Dynasty (China, ca. 1260-1368)
18th century
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)

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