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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/
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
Arts from the Ch'ing Imperial Collection
National Palace Museum
Featuring the following topics: 1) The Art and Function of Curio Boxes; 2) The Origins of the Collection Objects; 3) The Preservation and Collection of Artifacts; 4) The Thoughts and Actions of the Emperor.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.npm.gov.tw/exh96/imperial_collection/
The Asian Art Digital Teaching Project: China
Columbia University and The National Endowment for the Humanities
Featuring two teaching modules for learning about Chinese painting -- The Grandeur of the Qing and Exploring Chinese Painting. The first "offers a detailed visual and historical exploration of four monumental scrolls recording the imperial inspection tours of the Kangxi and Qianlong emperors in the 17th and 18th centuries"; the second is "a workspace allowing students to view and compare a group of important Chinese hand scrolls and hanging scrolls from the 10th to the 17th centuries."

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.learn.columbia.edu/nehasian/html/neh_geo_con_china.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/
Ch'ing (Qing), 1644-1912
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
"The last Chinese dynasty began on a positive note -- of energetic collecting, cataloging, and exporting -- but ended disastrously." A brief, one-paragraph overview, along with a map, a video clip featuring an MIA curator, and 445 objects from the period.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.artsmia.org/art-of-asia/history/dynasty-ching.cfm
China on Paper: European and Chinese Works from the Late Sixteenth to the Early Nineteenth Century
Getty Museum
Online presentation of a 2007-08 exhibition presenting "works on paper from the special collections of the Research Library at the Getty Research Institute that document the fascinating story of cultural exchanges between Chinese and Europeans in the early-modern era." With text discussing the key role that Jesuit missionaries in China played in the story of this exchange, illustrated with six works from the exhibition.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/china_paper/
Chinese Calligraphy
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
An overview of the development of calligraphy in China: "Calligraphy, or the art of writing, was the visual art form prized above all others in traditional China. The genres of painting and calligraphy emerged simultaneously, sharing identical tools—namely, brush and ink. Yet calligraphy was revered as a fine art long before painting; indeed, it was not until the Song dynasty, when painting became closely allied with calligraphy in aim, form, and technique, that painting shed its status as mere craft and joined the higher ranks of the fine arts. With images of 16 paintings from the Song, Ming, and Qing dynasties and two related objects.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/chcl/hd_chcl.htm
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