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Treasures of China

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These 10 works constitute some of the most famous paintings to come out of China. Although they span decades and numerous dynasties, they often portray religious themes, everyday scenes, or the societal norms and conditions of their contemporaneous era. When viewed together, these paintings exhibit the shift in brushstroke style, subject matter, and color palette inherent in the visual history of the world’s most populous country.

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Works

Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains (detail)
Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains (detail)
Five Oxen (detail)
Five Oxen (detail)
Spring Morning in the Han Palace (detail)
Spring Morning in the Han Palace (detail)
One Hundred Horses (detail)
One Hundred Horses (detail)
Court Ladies Playing Double-Sixes
Court Ladies Playing Double-Sixes
Along the River During the Qingming Festival (detail)
Along the River During the Qingming Festival (detail)
Emperor Taizong Receiving the Tibetan Envoy
Emperor Taizong Receiving the Tibetan Envoy
A Thousand Miles of Rivers and Mountains (detail)
A Thousand Miles of Rivers and Mountains (detail)
Night Revels of Han Xizai
Night Revels of Han Xizai