Liaoning Provincial Museum ed: SHAN GAO SHUI CHANG: TANG SONG BA DA JIA ZHUTI WENWU. Atop the Mountains: Relics of the Eight Famous Prose Writers in Tang and Song Dynasties. Shenyang, 2020. 361; 231 pp. Colour plates (many full page) throughout both volumes. Numerous colour foldouts. 2 vols. 38x30 cm. Boards.
GBP 300.00
Large and weighty two-volume catalogue produced to accompany another stunning and scholarly exhibition held at the Liaoning Provincial Museum in 2020. Examined and explored the writings and cultural legacy of eight highly-regarded writers and poets who lived during the Tang or Song dynasties. They were: Han Yu, Liu Zongyuan, Ouyang Xiu, Su Xun, Su Shi (Su Dongpo), Su Zhe, Wang Anshi and Zeng Gong. The exhibition totalled 115 exhibits of which 53 (!) were shown for the first time. 31 of the exhibits were formerly in the collection of the Qing Court. The majority of the exhibits (84) from the collection of the host museum and included much material that the last emperor, Pu Yi, removed from the Forbidden City. Other major loans from institutions throughout China. The exhibition in four sections: Thousands of Years, Moral Integrity, Feelings of Love for Home and Country, Specific Research. The exhibition showed extremely rare Song and Yuan paintings, handscrolls and calligraphy, together with Ming and Qing dynasty calligraphy, paintings, rare books and portraiture. Also a couple of 20th century and contemporary works demonstrating the ongoing fascination and influence to this day of these pre-eminent cultural figures in China. All works illustrated in their entirety and in many cases in multiple views showing close-up detail. All well described. Introductions and texts accompany. In Chinese. Already out-of-print and becoming hard to find.
Subjects: Painting Calligraphy
Item 85 in List 203.
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