Click here for help on searching.
TIP: If you plan on making multiple searches, you might wish to bookmark this page.
E-bulletin AboutUs ContemporaryArt Galleries Books Magazine TraditionalHome
News
New Books Table of Contents

On Qingming shanghe Studies


Nie Chongzheng
Research Fellow
Palace Museum, Beijing


This is the text-only version.

Click here if you wish to see illustrations and text.

Click here if you wish to see illustrations, text,
and Chinese-language annotations
.


Translator's note: Since it is still being debated whether "qingming" refers to the Spring Festival, or a noun meaning peace and order, for the sake of a less ambiguous translation, I shall keep the title in pinyin, rather than using the better known English title, Spring Festival by the River. Some recent scholarly inquiries on the Qingming shanghe scroll, with overviews of Western, Chinese, and Japanese scholarship, are published in the Journal of Sung-Yuan Studies 26 (1996) and 27 (1997). IL

If a single novel could become the focus of an entire scholarly subject, as Dream of the Red Chamber has been, then the equivalent phenomenon in painting is summarized in the book entitled "Qingming shanghe tu" and Qingming shanghe Studies. The author, Zhou Baozhu, chronicles primary and secondary documents relating to the Qingming shanghe scroll, separating them into different topics: (1) the Eastern capital Kaifeng; (2) "Qingming shanghe"; (3) Zhang Zeduan and the Dongjing (Kaifeng) painting academy; (4 & 5) analysis of the content of the painting (parts 1 and 2); (6) the controversy over the authenticity of the Qingming shanghe scroll; (7) the portrayal of the city, its location, and scenery in the painting; and (8) questions relating to Qingming shanghe Studies. The author also gives an overview of a wide range of related documentary evidence, summarizes previous scholarship, and further analyzes the painting.

Studies of the novel Dream of the Red Chamber involve an additional important component -- the investigation of its author Cao Xueqin's background. Many scholars choose this topic for their publications, giving birth to "Cao Studies," or the so-called "Extra-Red Line." As for the Qingming shanghe scroll artist Zhang Zeduan (active early 12th c.), could he also become topic of a branch of specialized study? I think that if there are no new discoveries, such a trend could not sustain itself solely on the colophon written at the end of the painting by Zhang Zhe.*

__________
*Zhang Zhe was the Curator of Painting at the Jin court. His colophon on the Qingming shanghe scroll, identifying the painter as Zhang Zeduan, is dated 1186.

See Wang Qi's review of this book.

Click here to purchase this book.

 


To receive Chinese-art.com
e-bulletin, enter email here:

 

23 Jun 2000 E-bulletin
19 May 2000 E-bulletin

Tell A Friend


Yin Jinan
China Central Institute of Fine Arts


Nixi Cura


On the State of the Field
Scholarship in the History of Ancient Painting in the 1990s

by Xue Yongnian

Puyi's Legacy
New Discoveries of Calligraphy and Painting from the Palace Museum's "List of Lost Works"
by Liu Jianlong

A Record-Breaking Purchase by the Palace Museum

Zhang Xian's Ten Odes
by Yang Lili

Zhang Xian's Ten Odes: Counterpoint

On the Inauthenticity of Ten Odes by Zhang Xian of the Northern Song Dynasty
by Wu Gan


Select Bibliography on Chinese Painting



Palace Museum Exhibition
"Treasures of Painting and Calligraphy Acquired by the Palace Museum over the Last 50 Years"
by Fu Dongguang

Palace Museum Exhibition
"Grand Exhibition of Cultural Relics Collected over the Last 50 Years"

Palace Museum Symposium
Academic Symposium Accompanying the
"Grand Exhibition of Cultural Relics Collected over the Last 50 Years" at the Palace Museum
by Wang Qi

Shanghai Museum
The Shanghai Museum Holds A Symposium on Its Exhibition of Masterpieces
by Xue Yongnian

Liaoning Provincial Museum
An Assembly of Masterpieces, Presented in Radiant Splendor: Record of the "Exhibition of Treasures from the Ten Great Archaeological Discoveries in Liaoning"
by Ma Cheng

News


Important Results from the Liao Tomb Excavation at Jarud Qi
by Tala, Yang Jie, and Dong Linxin


Three Eastern Han Tombs with Wall Paintings at Otog
by Wang Dafang and Yang Zemeng


"Appreciation and Analysis of the Murals Unearthed from a Song Tomb at Wang Shang Village in Dengfeng, Henan Province
by Zhang Songlin and Zhang Deshui



"A Breakthrough in the Interpretation of the 'Stone Carvings' at Junshan"
by Chen Xiangyuan


"Notes on the Excavation of Han Tomb No. 1 at Huxi Mountain, Yuanling"
by Guo Weimin


"Animal Designs and Chinese Script on the 'Five Stars of the East Favor the Central Kingdom' Brocade"
by Li Ling


Extracts from China Archaeology and Art Digest 3:2/3 (January 2000): Painting and Pictorial Arts
Ding Xiyuan on Quehua qiuse tu
Hao Junhong on Ma Shouzhen
Shan Guoqiang on "Haipai"
Yu Hui on Yuan court artists



Macao Art Museum
"The Efflorescence of a Prosperous Age: Fine Works of Qing Dynasty Painting and Objects of the Kangxi, Yongzheng, and Qianlong Reigns in the Collection of the Palace Museum"


National Gallery, Washington, DC

"The Golden Age of Chinese Archaeology: Celebrated Discoveries from the People's Republic of China"
by Andrew K. Y. Leung



The Qingming shanghe Scroll and Qingming shanghe Studies
by Wang Qi

On Qingming shanghe Studies
by Nie Chongzheng

Chai Zejun: Collected Works on Ancient Architecture

Fifty Years of Archaeology in New China

Back Issues

Volume 1, Issue 1
(October 1999)

Gallery Sponsors



Banner16050

[Bookmark: chinese-art.com (CTRL-D)]

Copyright © 2000 New Art Media Ltd. and artists. All rights reserved.
This page may only be reproduced, stored or transmitted, in any form or by any means,
with the prior permission in writing of New Art Media Limited.
Please send comments, suggestions, questions to: editor@chinese-art.com