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Resources Organized by Art Subject Area: Calligraphy



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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
 
The Embodied Image: Chinese Calligraphy from the John B. Elliott Collection
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Online presentation of a 2000-2001 exhibition "of more than fifty-five hanging scrolls, handscrolls, and album leaves from the Elliott collection, accompanied by a nearly equal number of selections from the Metropolitan's renowned John M. Crawford Collection Jr. and private collections, constitutes the most important display of calligraphy ever assembled in the West." With images of 9 related artworks dating from the 4th to the 17th century.

Go to Museum Resource: https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2000/john-b-elliott-collection
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