Resources Organized by Country/Region: China



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Age of the Great Khan: Painting and Calligraphy in the Mongol Yuan Dynasty
National Palace Museum
A comprehensive resource for art under Mongol China, with images organized into four sections: 1) Marco Polo; 2) Recluse Scholars; 3) Polyethnic Scholars; 4) The Imperial Clan. With text and additional subtopics under each section (mouseover images on topic pages to bring up each subtopic), plus a large selection of art works under each section. There is also a special section for teachers with resources on imperial portraiture, architecture, and revivalism in Yuan-dynasty painting, plus analysis of three specific paintings.

Go to Museum Resource: http://tech2.npm.gov.tw/khan/english/main_h_eng.htm
Altered States: Zhang Huan
Asia Society
"Asia Society Museum presents the first-ever museum retrospective of Zhang Huan, one of the most important and widely recognized Chinese artists working in the United States and China. Altered States: Zhang Huan includes 55 of the artist's major works produced over the past 15 years in Beijing, New York, and Shanghai, including photographs and sculpture."

Go to Museum Resource: http://sites.asiasociety.org/arts/zhanghuan/
The Ancient Art of Writing: Selections from the History of Chinese Calligraphy
National Palace Museum
"To meet the need for recording information and ideas, unique forms of calligraphy (the art of writing) have been part of the Chinese cultural tradition through the ages. Naturally finding applications in daily life, calligraphy still serves as a continuous link between the past and the present. The development of calligraphy, long a subject of interest in Chinese culture, is the theme of this exhibit, which presents to the public selections from the National Palace Museum collection arranged in chronological order for a general overview." With a brief introduction and three paintings from the Yuan and Ming dynasties.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.npm.gov.tw/exh99/writing9907/
Ancient China: From the Neolithic Period to the Han Dynasty
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
"An historical overview of ancient China—from the Neolithic period (approx. 6,000–2000 BCE) to the end of the Han dynasty (220 CE)—this packet explores the rise of ancient Chinese civilization and how belief systems and cultural values are reflected in surviving examples of its material culture. The packet features important archaeological excavations such as the Tomb of Fu Hao, created in the Shang dynasty (approx. 1600–1050 BCE); the Tomb of Marquis Yi of Zeng, created in the Warring States period (approx. 480–221 BCE); and the Terracotta Army of Qin Shi Huangdi, the First Emperor of the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BCE), created approx. 210 BCE. Other highlights include Chinese jades, bronzes, and ceramics in the Asian Art Museum’s collection galleries. The packet includes interactive activities for the classroom and student handouts." Please note that the .pdf version of this educator resource packet can be downloaded for free. The PayPal link next to the resource is for buying the packet in booklet form with an image CD and slides.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.asianart.org/educatorresources.htm
Ancient Tombs
University of Washington, Visual Sourcebook of Chinese Civilization
"This unit contains summaries of five archaeological sites, ranging in date from about 2300 BC to 100 BC. The tombs selected for examination were all advanced for their time. Their occupants were members of the ruling class of the period, able to afford the highest standard of material comfort, technical excellence, and artistic embellishment then available." A Visual Sourcebook of Chinese Civilization was prepared by University of Washington history professor Patricia Buckley Ebrey. With questions for discussion, timelines, maps, and suggested readings. Select HOME to find link to teachers' guides for all topics featured on the website.

Go to Museum Resource: http://depts.washington.edu/chinaciv/archae/2tommain.htm
Architectural Models (Eastern Han Dynasty)
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
"Tall pottery towers and other architectural models were popular during the Eastern Han dynasty (A.D. 25-220). These, along with ceramic replicas of houses, human and animal figures, cooking implements, and bronze ceremonial vessels, were created to be placed inside the tomb to accompany the deceased into the afterlife." A short introduction to the models, with five related objects, all with descriptions, and an in-depth interview with an MIA curator.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.artsmia.org/art-of-asia/explore/explore-collection-architectural-mod...
The Art and Aesthetics of Form: Selections from the History of Chinese Painting
National Palace Museum
" ... throughout the ages, a hallmark of Chinese painting has been the pursuit of individuality and innovation within the framework of one's "symphonic" heritage. This exhibition represents a selection of individual "performances" from the Museum collection arranged in chronological order in order to provide an overview of some major traditions and movements in Chinese painting." With a brief overview and eight paintings from the Tang, Song, Yuan, and Ming dynasties.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.npm.gov.tw/exh99/aesthetics9907/index.html
The Art and Archeology of Ancient China: A Teacher's Guide
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
An illustrated 106-page teacher's guide that can be downloaded in .pdf format, in three parts. Go to middle of HTML page and select Part I, Part II, and Part III to download the guide. Includes historical background from China's Late Neolithic Period (BCE ca. 5000-2000) to the Han Dynasty (BCE 206-220 CE), plus a timeline, vocabulary list, pronunciation guide, four lesson plans, plus featured object studies on 1) Clothing and Personal Adornment (Silk and Jade); 2) Food Preparation and Utensils; 3) Transportation; 4) Ceremonies (Music); 5) Writing (Chinese Characters); 6) Industry (Bronze Casting); 7) Building. Also a special chapter on Ancestor Worship, then and today.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.asia.si.edu/education/teacherResources/onlineGuidesChinese.htm
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