National Treasures

From pottery to ritual bronzes, jade burial suit, porcelain, embroidery and ornaments, every cultural relic witnesses the history of China and has an interesting story to tell. This series explores some of the greatest national treasures collected in the major museums of China.
From pottery to ritual bronzes, jade burial suit, porcelain, embroidery and ornaments, every cultural relic witnesses the history of China and has an interesting story to tell. This series explores some of the greatest national treasures collected in the major museums of China.
Chinese master a late developer - Art & Culture in China
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Chinese master a late developer

Wen Zhengming (1470-1559) was a leading Chinese poet, painter and calligrapher during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The renowned scholar was a late bloomer.
Tale of how a secret religious sect inspired a group of ancient artists - Art & Culture in China
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Tale of how a secret religious sect inspired a group of ancient artists

A number of ancient painters once depicted the White Lotus Society-theme, which expressed their pursuit of an idyllic life. One of the painters was Zhang Ji.
The long and tumultuous tale of Master Tang and his shimingtu - Art & Culture in China
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The long and tumultuous tale of Master Tang and his shimingtu

Shimingtu depicts Tang Yin's leisurely lifestyle focusing on tea drinking. 

Artwork that Emperor Qianlong almost destroyed, twice - Art & Culture in China
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Artwork that Emperor Qianlong almost destroyed, twice

As a pioneer in literati painting, Zhao Mengfu (1254-1322) sought personal expression rather than an accurate depiction of the landscape.
Artists' tribute to noble horses - Art & Culture in China
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Artists' tribute to noble horses

A Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) handscroll and its facsimile of the Song Dynasty (960-1279) prove China's fondness for horses.
Ancient artwork's happy ending - Art & Culture in China
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Ancient artwork's happy ending

Regarded as a representative poet of wanyue pai, Zhang Xian (990-1078) was also the creator of a renowned handscroll called "Shiyongtu," which means illustrating ten poems.

'Lady Guoguo's Spring Outing' - Art & Culture in China
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'Lady Guoguo's Spring Outing'

Although the original "Lady Guoguo's Spring Outing" by Zhang Xuan of the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) disappeared, its copy made is still seen as a national treasure. 
Painter captures unconventional artists' rustic life in portrait scroll - Art & Culture in China
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Painter captures unconventional artists' rustic life in portrait scroll

"Gaoyi Tu," created by Sun Wei, is believed to be the earliest one among the works with the same theme.
Painting freezes moment in time - Art & Culture in China
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Painting freezes moment in time

Winter sports also thrived in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) as can be seen in silk painting "Bingxi Tu" – "Amusements on Ice" during the reign of Emperor Qianlong (1736-95).
Handscroll tells a sad love story - Art & Culture in China
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Handscroll tells a sad love story

Cao Zhi is seated beneath willows being fanned by his servants while the nymph departs, casting a sorrowful backward glance. 
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