"Accessible to those with less exposure to Chinese art.…An oversize, heavy volume with high production values: a sturdy hardcover binding with a dust jacket, printed endpapers, and plentiful, crisp color plates on bright paper."
--ARLIS/NA: Art Libraries Society of North America
"Fascinating...With serious, insightful and scholarly contributions from researchers working across the range of Chinese art-historical and visual studies disciplines, Original intentions is essential reading for anyone interested in or engaged with the field."
--Orientations Book Review
“Offer[s] important observations and insights on production, reproduction, and interpretation in the arts of China”
--The Journal of Asian Studies
By bringing so many methodological approaches together, the volume tackles a number of issues about the practice of art history at large, and the ways historians have over time sought to overcome the ‘disquieting’ isolation of the individual artwork by making comparisons, creating narratives, embedding individual objects in textual imbrications….With its spectacular display of objects, Original Intentions reminds the reader of the vast repertoire of possibilities for objects to be authentic.
--Journal of Art Historiography (blog)