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How to appreciate Song paintings from a natural history perspective?


Many of the grass-insect paintings from the Song Dynasty (960-1279) reflect people's observations of nature. Why was a "hybrid" pheasant featured in A Golden Pheasant Resting on Hibiscus Branch? Why does the moth in Maple Leaves and a Moth fly to a tree rather than a flower? Wang Zhao, an associate researcher at the Interdisciplinary Center for Culture, Science and Technology of Sichuan University, reveals ancient people's observations and their unique plant and animal discoveries from the perspective of natural history.

CGTN's art series "The Song, Painted" is a virtual exhibition of Song Dynasty (960-1279) masterpieces currently housed in museums worldwide. Let's embark on a journey of cultural exploration, zooming in on art from the Song Dynasty and the ethos reflected in the paintings.

Enter the exhibition: The Song, Painted

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