​Exhibition reviews development of ancient Chinese paintings

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Editor’s note: A collection of more than 1,700 copies of Chinese paintings and related calligraphy works from the Han Dynasty (202 B.C.- A.D. 220) to the Qing Dynasty (1636-1912) are currently on display at the National Museum of China in Beijing. 

Depicting traditional mythological stories, human figures, natural landscapes, flowers and birds, these paintings reflect people’s social life and aesthetic values in ancient China and shed light on the roots of Chinese art. Here, Chinafolk.org looks at some paintings exhibited and their distinctive features in different historical periods.

​Exhibition reviews development of ancient Chinese paintings
Paintings from the Six Dynasties period (222-589) and the Tang Dynasty (618-907) depict preaching buddha figures, court ladies playing chess, and mythological figures like Fuxi and Nuwa. The open and inclusive environment of the Tang Dynasty further boosted the spread of Buddhism beliefs across the country, and various paintings on this subject were widely seen in palaces, ancestral halls, temples and mansions. [Photo by Zhu Bochen/Chinafolk.org]
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​Exhibition reviews development of ancient Chinese paintings

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