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Asian Influences on European Art
Getty Museum
Explore with your class Asian influences on European art in the 18th century in this lesson plan. Discover ways to engage your students in the investigation of chinoiserie, the cultural and artistic trend that produced objects and paintings reflecting Chinese subjects and motifs. In its broadest sense, chinoiserie was meant to evoke the spirit and decorative forms of faraway lands as diverse as China, Japan, India, and the Middle East.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.getty.edu/education/teachers/classroom_resources/curricula/asian_inf...
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
Chinese Export Porcelain at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Online presentation of a 2003 exhibition. "Dating from the mid-sixteenth century through the third quarter of the nineteenth century, the exhibition included a wide range of vessel types as well as services and punch bowls, and two works in ivory." With images of 10 related artworks.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/special/se_event.asp?OccurrenceId={502EE34F-5754-11D6-...
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 Jades of the Qing Dynasty [PDF]
Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida
Collector fashions during the 18th century called for jade boulders to be left in their natural shapes and carved with landscape and figural designs. Similar to paintings, these boulders represented miniature worlds that could stimulate the scholar's imagination or provide a kind of mental retreat. Lesson plan.

Go to Museum Resource: http://harn.ufl.edu/linkedfiles/k-12resource-chinesejades.pdf
Chinese Painted Scroll – Video Exploration in 3-D
The British Museum
Explore a beautiful Chinese scroll through this immersive video! The painting depicts the forest near Mount Baiyue (now Mount Qiyun) in Anhui province in the east of China. The composition unfolds layer upon layer through multiple perspectives, and was made in 1623 by Chinese artist Xiang Shengmo.

Go to Museum Resource: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWsqLc3-0cs
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