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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
An Assorted Tapestry of Lustrous Beauty: Export Porcelains from the Museum Collection
National Palace Museum
"The National Palace Museum is renowned for preserving the precious collections from the imperial families through the ages. For this reason, however, porcelains made for export and circulation overseas as trade goods do not appear in significant numbers in the Museum collection. Fortunately, over the years, a steady stream of purchases and donations have led to the gradual expansion of export ceramic types in the Museum holdings, thereby increasing the breadth and depth of the collection. This special exhibition focuses on export porcelains from the ninth to nineteenth centuries and also serves to express a token of gratitude for the generosity of donors." With four topics: 1) The Diversity of Chinese Export Porcelain; 2) The Spread of Ceramics Trade; 3) Rare Curios Fired to Order; 4) Exchanges in the Art and Craft of Ceramics.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.npm.gov.tw/exh99/export/
Cave as Canvas: Hidden Images of Worship Along the Ancient Silk Routes
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Buddhist Cave Temples in Chinese Central Asia along the Silk Routes. A discussion of the Buddhist rock-cut caves at Qizil (or Kizil), near the city of Kucha. With eight detail images of the paintings at Qizil, along with descriptions addressing style, influence, and iconography, plus an architectural diagram of a typical Kuchean Buddhist cave temple.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.asia.si.edu/exhibitions/online/cave/
The Caves of the Thousand Buddhas
The British Museum
An introduction to the "Caves of the Thousand Buddhas," or Qianfodong, "situated at Mogao, about 25 kilometres southeast of the oasis town of Dunhuang in Gansu province, western China, in the middle of the desert. ... At some point in the early 11th century, an incredible archive - with up to 50,000 documents, hundreds of paintings, together with textiles and other artefacts - was sealed up in one of the caves. Its entrance concealed behind a wall painting, the cave remained hidden from sight for centuries, until 1900, when it was discovered by Wang Yuanlu, a Daoist monk who had appointed himself abbot and guardian of the caves." With 19 images, each with explanatory text.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/online_tours/asia/caves_of_the_1000_buddha...
China: Dawn of a Golden Age, 200–750 AD
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Explore exceptional works of art from forty-six institutions in the People's Republic of China. Includes links and references to works of art in the Metropolitan's permanent collection, relevant literary references, maps, and details about how certain objects were crafted.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-museum/press-room/exhibitions/2004/china-daw...
China: The Glorious Tang and Song Dynasties
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
"During the Tang (618–906) and Song (960–1279) dynasties, the Chinese empire enjoyed a blossoming of foreign exchange as trade expanded along the Silk Road and sea routes. In this era China also witnessed the flourishing of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism; and saw the development of porcelain making and reproduction printing. This packet examines the trade, commerce, religion, philosophy, literature, and art of these dynasties. Student handouts include readings and activities on Tang and Song dynasty literature, art, and science." 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
Chinese Handscrolls
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
An overview of the Chinese handscroll format: "A significant difference between Eastern and Western painting lies in the format. Unlike Western paintings, which are hung on walls and continuously visible to the eye, most Chinese paintings are not meant to be on constant view but are brought out to be seen only from time to time. This occasional viewing has everything to do with format." With images of 18 paintings from the Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/chhs/hd_chhs.htm
Chinese Painting
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
An introduction to Chinese painting: "This is the aim of the traditional Chinese painter: to capture not only the outer appearance of a subject but its inner essence as well—its energy, life force, spirit." With images of 19 paintings from the Tang, Song, Yuan, and Ming dynasties.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/chin/hd_chin.htm
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