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Understanding Song society from landscape painting


Summer Mountains by Qu Ding, a famous artist in the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), is one of the earliest panoramic landscape paintings made in a naturalistic style. What does it reveal about the social development of that era? What are the connotations of detailed depictions like commercial boats, restaurants, roads and bridges in the painting? And what kind of metaphors do those natural forms, such as mountains and mist, carry? Martin Powers, a visiting professor at the School of Arts, Peking University, and emeritus professor at the University of Michigan, provides his insights.

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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