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Gathering Edible Wild Herbs: A landscape painting or figure painting?

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Gathering Edible Wild Herbs: A landscape painting or figure painting?

Gathering Edible Wild Herbs is a history-themed painting created by Li Tang, a court painter in the Song Dynasty (960-1279). It is based on the story of Boyi and Shuqi, who refused to eat anything from the enemy territory. This painting is difficult to categorize but features a significant innovation in composition. What perspective did the artist use to represent the story? How did he combine the landscape and the figures in the picture technically? Yu Hui, a research fellow at the Palace Museum, provides insights.

CGTN’s art series “The Song, Painted” is a virtual exhibition of Song Dynasty (960-1279) masterpieces currently housed in museums worldwide. Let’s embark on a journey of cultural exploration, zooming in on art from the Song Dynasty and the ethos reflected in the paintings.

Enter the exhibition: The Song, Painted