Victoria and Albert Museum

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26 October 2013 - 19 January 2014. Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700 - 1900 brought together the finest examples of Chinese painting from the beginning of the 8th to the end of the 19th century, from small-scale intimate works by monks and literati through to scroll paintings over 14 metres long, many of which had never before been seen in the UK.

About the Exhibition
About the Exhibition

Presenting one of the world’s greatest artistic traditions, Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700-1900 was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see rare surviving works of art dra…

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Video: How a Silk Painting was Made
Video: How a Silk Painting was Made

Watch the recreation of a figure from a Chinese painting in the gongbi style. Gongbi paintings are characterised by meticulous brushwork and highly coloured palettes.

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V&A Podcast - Chinese Paintings
V&A Podcast - Chinese Paintings

This episode gives a unique insight into the V&A exhibition Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700 – 1900. Exhibition Curator Hongxing Zhang discusses Chinese paintings with …

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Conservation: Working with Chinese Paintings
Conservation: Working with Chinese Paintings

The conservation and mounting of east Asian paintings is a discipline that requires a particularly long and arduous period of study.

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V&A Shop: Masterpieces of Chinese Painting
V&A Shop: Masterpieces of Chinese Painting

A beautifully illustrated and authoritative catalogue edited by the exhibitions' curator with essays by leading scholars.

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With additional thanks to Bruno Wang, and Sandy and Cecile Mactaggart

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