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Rare ink treasure on show in Beijing

09-21-2010 08:45 BJT

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Royal paintings from the Song dynasty are rarely handed down. So, when they make an appearance, they strike a big pose.

Now you can see some at an ancient calligraphy and painting exhibition currently being held at Beijing Poly Art Museum. So let's join the antique lovers in Beijing and take a closer look.

The "Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties calligraphy & painting exhibition" is giving exposure to around 200 ancient ink treasures.

There are ten works from the Song dynasty, each of which possess great value in art and culture circles.

One piece is a scroll of "roebucks and gibbons", by Northern Song dynasty painter Yi Yuanji, who is known in history for touching on this rare genre. Two anonymous paintings depict royal life from the Southern Song dynasty. This one shows a grand emperor's outing parade.

Liu Jinku, exhibition organizer, said, "Since Zhou dynasty China had started a comprehensive ritual system. This painting, depicting the scene of emperor's outing in Southern Song dynasty. The ritual format had been inherited and gone down to later periods. Qing emperor Qian Long's outing parade stimulated the scene from this painting.

Another highlight belongs to literati painting, represented by Yuan dynasty painter Wang Meng's work "Picture of Boiling Tea", about some hermits enjoying drinking tea in mountains. Another work by Wang Meng is a scroll portraying the scenery of Taibai Mountain in Zhejiang province. This work is prominent among ancient literati paintings, often copied by later era artists, and is currently owned by Liaoning Museum.

You Zhichao, vice director of Liaoning Museum, said, "This painting is rarely exhibited even in our museum. Because its so rare, if not for a special case, we would not bring it out."

The exhibition also includes works by Four Masters of the Ming dynasty, and Italian painter Giuseppe Castiglione.

The pieces collectively outline the development of ancient Chinese painting since the Song dynasty and will be displayed until October 6th.

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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