Traditional Chinese painting

Chinese painting, also known as brush painting or ink-wash painting, is one of the oldest art forms in the world. However, the varied styles, techniques, perspectives and symbolism of such paintings are often very different from most Western art works. Also, the tools and media employed by the artists of traditional Chinese painting, such as inksticks, inkstones, rice paper and brushes, are unfamiliar to many Westerners. As a result, Chinese paintings, including many masterpieces, may seem mysterious to our readers. This series aims to explain the aesthetic concepts behind Chinese paintings and tell some interesting stories about their creation and their creators.
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Yongle Palace Murals

The murals in the Sistine Chapel are known across the world, but hardly any tourists have seen their Chinese counterparts, the murals in the remote Yongle Gong temple.
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Auspicious Cranes

Among all the paintings attributed to the Northern Song emperor Zhao Ji, "none is so enchanting as the short handscroll entitled 'Auspicious Cranes.'" 
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Night-Shining White

During Tang Dynasty, the equine painting became extremely popular and many new techniques were developed to paint this "celestial animal."
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Travelers Among Mountains and Streams

To embody the Taoist principle of man being just a small part of nature, Fan Kuan made the human figures rather small in order to dramatize the awesome power of nature.
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Emperor Xuanzong's Journey to Shu

"Emperor Xuanzong's Journey to Shu" has long been deemed the best example of the Green and Blue Landscape genre in traditional Chinese painting.

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T-shaped painting on silk

The painting on a T-shaped silk banner was unearthed from a 2,000-year-old tomb in southern China, revealing the ethereal beauty of exquisite line drawing.
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Eighty-Seven Celestials

Painted in the typical Chinese baimiao or "plain drawing" style, the brushwork has long been deemed as the very best of its genre in the traditional Chinese painting.
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Dunhuang Murals: gem in the world's history of art

Housing more than 50,000 square meters of gorgeous murals, the Buddhist caves in Dunhuang are a rare gem in the world's history of art.
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Spring Morning in the Han Palace

The long handscroll depicts a variety of activities on a spring morning in the imperial palace of Han Dynasty (202 BC – AD 220.
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One Hundred Horses

Among the top 10 masterpieces of traditional Chinese painting, One Hundred Horses was painted not by a Chinese artist, but by an Italian called Giuseppe Castiglione.
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