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szdaily -> Culture
Five centuries of art to go under hammer
    2017-December-5  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

THE Palace Museum in Beijing has mounted several blockbuster exhibitions of classical Chinese paintings and calligraphy over the past two years. Thanks to successful publicity campaigns, word about these shows went viral on social media, making it the most effective means for drawing visitors.

At the same time, works by classical painters featured in these exhibitions have become highly sought after among collectors, and auction houses have duly responded.

Poly International Auction will sell works by several master painters who lived between the 13th and 18th centuries during its major winter sale in Beijing from Dec. 16 to 20.

One highlight is a calligraphic copy of “The Heart Sutra,” a popular Buddhist scripture written by Zhao Mengfu (1254-1322), a noted calligrapher, painter and scholar who hailed from the imperial family of the Song Dynasty (960-1279).

Zhao is at the center of a special exhibition currently running at the Palace Museum that shows his paintings and calligraphic works, as well as works by other artists of his time and the following generations of artists who were influenced by Zhao.

Tang Yin is one of the four great painters of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). He is also among the artists who viewed Zhao a major source of inspiration, and his works are also displayed at the Palace Museum’s exhibition.

Poly International Auction will put on sale Tang’s “Landscape Painted for Yuequan,” a work he created for a friend. Yuequan was the abbot of a temple in Nanjing. The painting bears calligraphic postscripts composed by Zhu Yunming and Wen Zhengming. The two artists and Tang are among the four literati from Wuzhong, now a part of Suzhou, in Jiangsu Province. Li says the three artists’ collaboration on this painting also indicates Yuequan’s prominent social standing.

The upcoming auction will also feature a mountain-and-water painting by 17th-century painter Kun Can. He is hailed as one of the four monk artists of the early Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), along with Zhu Da, Hong Ren and Shi Tao.

The sale will also include “Turkeys,” a painting by Giuseppe Castiglione (1688-1766), an Italian Jesuit missionary living in China. He served as a court painter during the reigns of three Qing Dynasty emperors: Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong.

(China Daily)

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