Rare Chi­nese Land­scape Paint­ing

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An ex­hi­bi­tion show­cas­ing an­cient Chi­nese land­scape paint­ings in­clud­ing “Qianli jiang­shantu ” (“A Panorama of Rivers and Moun­tains”) is held at the For­bid­den City from Septem­ber 15 to De­cem­ber 14.

At the ten­der age of 18, Wang Xi­meng (1096–1119) pro­duced a work of art— “Qianli jiang­shan tu” (“A Panorama of Rivers and Moun­tains”). His only work shone amidst the eter­nal ra­di­ance of stars and peo­ple fell un­der its spell with his leg­end con­firmed by the mas­ter­piece.

This is a crown­ing achieve­ment of the Song Dy­nasty ( AD 960– 1279) and its largest paint­ing in ex­is­tence. It is sel­dom put on dis­play be­cause the paint can eas­ily peel off. Nonethe­less, “A Panorama of Rivers and Moun­tains” had been con­signed to obliv­ion around the 1980s, but, it staged a come­back in the show “Dy­nas­tic Paint­ings and Cal­lig­ra­phy of the Palace Mu­seum Col­lec­tion” ( Phase VI), in the Hall of Mil­i­tary Prow­ess in 2013.

A third show, this year, dates back 40 years and you can count your­self lucky, in con­trast to what seemed like an eter­nity be­fore. This is a feast for the

A sec­tion of “Qian­li­jiang­shantu” (“A Panorama of Rivers and Moun­tains”) by Wang Xi­meng (1096–1119)

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