Art Gallery Series: Reading in the Autumn Mountains (秋林讀書)

Reading in the Autumn Mountains 秋林讀書. (Image:  The British Museum)
Reading in the Autumn Mountains 秋林讀書. (Image: The British Museum)

Vision Times is proud to present the first installment of a series called Art Gallery, which celebrates thousands of years of Chinese art and culture. The series begins with a work by the painter Xiang Shengmo (項聖謨) (1597-1658).

Xiang Shengmo was a noted Chinese painter in the Ming Dynasty and was a native of Xiushui. His courtesy name was Kongzhang, and his art names were Yi’an and Xushan Qiao. He was the grandson of the great painting collector Xiang Yuanbian. Xiang’s painting followed the style of Wen Zhengming. Xiang specialized in landscapes and flowers with an elegant taste.

Reading in the Autumn Mountains 秋林讀書. (Image: The British Museum)

Reading in the Autumn Mountains 秋林讀書. (Image: The British Museum)

The British Museum’s Facebook page recently displayed a brilliant portfolio of his work, Reading in the Autumn Mountains (秋林讀書), where you can explore a beautiful Chinese scroll through an immersive video.

The painting depicts the forest near Mount Baiyue (now Mount Qiyun) in Anhui Province in eastern China. The composition unfolds layer upon layer through multiple perspectives in the video.

Come, enjoy the work of Xiang Shengmo courtesy The British Museum.

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