Carol Michaelson is Curator of the Department of Asia at the British Museum, where she is responsible for the Chinese collections. Her publications include Gilded Dragons, Chinese Love Poetry, and the award-winning British Museum Book of Chinese Art. Jane Portal is Matsutaro Shoriki Chair of the Art of Asia, Oceania, and Africa at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Vivid and crisp illustrations and clear texts make each entry in the thematically organized volume come to life. The glossary, chronology, and list of further reading make[s] [Chinese Art in Detail] particularly helpful for novices, but the rich full-color images will charm aficionados as well. The authors are experts from the British Museum and communicate their knowledge and enthusiasm well...[It] will reward repeated reading and viewing.-- (05/01/2007)