The art of China

The art of the Song dynasty

The Song dynasty is known especially for the development of monumental landscape painting.

960-1279

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Master of the (Fishing) Nets Garden
Master of the (Fishing) Nets Garden

Every inch of this contemplative space was carefully crafted—there’s bamboo, patterned paving, and scholar’s rocks.

Liang Kai, <em>Poet Strolling by a Marshy Bank</em>
Liang Kai, Poet Strolling by a Marshy Bank

The subject is conventional, but Liang Kai’s airy composition makes this painting unusual. What’s behind the mist?

Neo-Confucianism and Fan Kuan, <em>Travelers by Streams and Mountains</em>
Neo-Confucianism and Fan Kuan, Travelers by Streams and Mountains

This monumental landscape is the most majestic example of early Song “mountain water” painting.

Selected Contributors | The art of the Song dynasty