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February 03, 2010

Freer and Sackler Galleries launch first Web resource of "Song and Yuan Dynasty Painting and Calligraphy"

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Freer and Sackler Galleries are pleased to announce the launch of an exciting resource for scholars and lovers of Chinese painting and calligraphy: "Song and Yuan Dynasty Painting and Calligraphy" is a new Web site featuring the Freer Gallery's exceptional holdings of 85 works of Chinese brushwork from the 10th through the 14th centuries. The site contains hundreds of images and comprehensive documentation of some of the earliest Chinese paintings in one of the most important collections in the West.

Every work is fully documented with transcriptions of Chinese texts accompanied by annotated English translations. The format enables users to simultaneously examine images of each work and all documents related to it, an advantage for study and scholarship. The goal of the project is to create a virtual catalog of the collection that can readily incorporate new documentation, scholarship and photography.

Among the highlights of the collection are two 10th-century scroll paintings from the Buddhist caves at Dunhuang and the only surviving works by Chinese masters Yan Ciyu (active 1160s-80s), Li Shan (active late 12th-early 13th century) and Zou Fulei (active mid-14th century). The collection also includes three independent works of calligraphy and more than 90 other examples of exquisite brushwriting from the period.

The project, made possible by the support of the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, was developed by museum staff members Joseph Chang and Stephen Allee, with the help of project coordinator Ingrid Larsen.

Please click on image to be directed to the "Song and Yuan Dynasty Painting and Calligraphy" Web site.

元 巖叟 墨梅圖 卷
Ink Plum Blossoms
Yansou (unidentified)
Southern Song-Yuan, late 13th to mid-14th century
Handscroll; ink on silk

Posted by zzhu at February 3, 2010 11:00 PM