To deepen the understanding of cultural and social background of the calligraphy masterpieces of Imperial China.
The Palace Museum’s Essential Collection
Selected 150 calligraphy masterpieces from the Western Jin Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty.
The Palace Museum, the Forbidden City, has a comprehensive collection of the world's largest treasury of ancient Chinese art. The Museum is an abundant resource for anyone who are interested in Chinese paintings, ceramic wares, jade wares, calligraphy, furniture, and other valuable treasures.
This title offers descriptions of a selected collection of 150 calligraphy masterpieces from the Western Jin Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty. In terms of both size and quality, the Palace Museum is peerless for its collection of model-calligraphies. Each calligraphic work is a crystallization of superb originality and imagination, be it a letter, a literary piece, a sutra, or a copy.
The introductory essay written by the Museum’s expert offers the reading public a general understanding of model-calligraphies and the development of the unique art of Chinese calligraphy.
SHAN JIXIANG, was born in Beijing in 1954. He received his doctorate degree in Urban Planning and Design from the School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, and studied in Japan from 1980 to 1984. After his return to China, Dr. Shan held several posts such as deputy director of Beijing Municipal Administration of City Planning, director of Beijing Municipal Administration of Cultural Heritage, director of Beijing Municipal Commission of Urban Planning, and director of the State Administration of Cultural Heritage. Since January of 2002, Dr. Shan has taken up positions of director of the Palace Museum, researcher of the Palace Museum, director of China Cultural Relics Academy, and vice chairman of China Building Decoration Association.
ＷANG LIANQI, was born in Jiaxiang county of Shandong province. He finished his secondary school education in 1966 due to the Cultural Revolution. Then, he studied history and literature on his own and became the student of Mr. Li Qingyun and Mr. Xu Daxian. Since 1979, he has been working in the Palace Museum. He received Mr. Qigong’s guidance with regard to ancient paintings, calligraphy and the evaluation of rubbings. Now he is the research fellow of the Palace Museum, a member of the academic committee, a member of the National Committee of Cultural Relics. With decades of experience in the research and evaluation work of ancient Chinese paintings, Mr. Wang is a contemporary expert in the evaluation of ancient calligraphy, paintings and rubbings.