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Treasures of China

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.

Works

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Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains (detail)Huang Gongwang, 1350
Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains (detail)
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Five Oxen (detail)Han Huang
Five Oxen (detail)
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Spring Morning in the Han Palace (detail)Qiu Ying, 1552
Spring Morning in the Han Palace (detail)
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One Hundred Horses (detail)Giuseppe Castiglione, 1728
One Hundred Horses (detail)
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Court Ladies Playing Double-SixesZhou Fang
Court Ladies Playing Double-Sixes
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Along the River During the Qingming Festival (detail)Zhang Zeduan
Along the River During the Qingming Festival (detail)
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Emperor Taizong Receiving the Tibetan EnvoyYan Liben
Emperor Taizong Receiving the Tibetan Envoy
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A Thousand Miles of Rivers and Mountains (detail)Wang Ximeng, 1113
A Thousand Miles of Rivers and Mountains (detail)
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Night Revels of Han XizaiGu Hongzhong
Night Revels of Han Xizai