Willow-Raven and Reed-Geese is an ink wash painting by emperor Huizong of the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1126), Zhao Ji. In the history of Chinese bird-and-flower painting, this two-part artwork represents an important period of transition from emphasis on color to emphasis on ink. Which techniques did the artist use to capture the birds so realistically? Why is there controversy surrounding the ownership of one part of the painting? Li Lan from the Shanghai Museum provides 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.