Rare Chinese Landscape Painting
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)