Chinese art - See articles on various Chinese periods and dynasties (links in chart below), as well as articles on various media (such as bronze, ceramics, ink, jade, lacquer, and textile) and forms (such as scroll).
Making generalizations about the visual culture of any group of people is a crude endeavor, especially with a culture as diverse as China's. With this thought in mind, know that this survey, as any must be, is tremendously limited in its breadth and depth.
(This and other ArtLex articles on Chinese art will be enlarged very soon.)
|New Stone Age||c.6000 - c.1600 BCE|
|Shang dynasty period||c.1600 - c.1050 BCE|
|Zhou dynasty period||c.1050 - c.256 BCE|
|Quin dynasty period||221 - 206 BCE|
|Han dynasty period||206 BCE - 220 CE|
|Three Kingdoms period||220 - 280|
|Western Jin dynasty period||265 - 316|
|Six Dynasties period||222 - 589|
|Northern and Southern dynasties period||310 - 589|
|Sui dynasty period||581 - 618|
|T'ang dynasty period||618 - 907|
|Five Dynasties period||907 - 960|
|Liao dynasty period||907 - 1125|
|Sung (Song) dynasty period||960 - 1279|
|Jin dynasty period||1115 - 1234|
|Yuan dynasty period||1279 - 1368|
|Ming dynasty period||1368 - 1644|
|Ch'ing (Qing) dynasty period||1644 - 1911|
|People's Republic (Communist)||1949 -|
China, Henan province, possibly Anyang, Spouted ritual wine vessel (Guang), Shang dynasty, early Anyang period (c. 1300 - c. 1050 BCE), 13th century BCE, bronze, width 13 inches (33 cm), Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.
China, Female dancer, Western Han dynasty (206 BCE-CE 9), 2nd century BCE, earthenware with slip and pigments, height 21 inches (53.3 cm), Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.
China, Hebei province, Maitreya altarpiece, Northern Wei dynasty, 524 CE, bronze with gilding, height 30 1/4 inches (76.9 cm), Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. See Chinese art.
China, Zhejiang province, probably the vicinity of Shanglinhu, Bowl, Five Dynasties period (907-960), 10th century, stoneware with carved and incised design under celadon glaze (Yue ware), height 4 3/8 inches, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.
Mi Fu (Chinese, 1052-1107), Poem Written in a Boat on the Wu River, Northern Sung dynasty (960-1127), c. 1100, handscroll, ink on paper, 12 1/4 inches x 18 feet 3 1/4 inches (31.1 x 557 cm), Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. See scroll.
China, Ming dynasty, 1403-1424, Plate with Grape Vine Decoration, blue and white glazed porcelain, Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Berlin.
China, Ming dynasty, mark and period of Hung-chih (reigned 1488-1505), Stem cup with dragon motif, porcelain with yellow and green enamel glaze, National Palace Museum, Taipei. See motif.
China, Emperor's 12-Symbol Robe, 18th century, Ching (Qing) dynasty, silk, metallic thread, 63 1/2 x 56 3/4 inches (161.29 x 144.15 cm), Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. The emblems reserved for the emperor's ceremonial robes were the twelve imperial symbols seen on this garment: sun, moon, constellation, mountain, pair of dragons, bird, cups, water weed, millet, fire, ax, and the symmetrical "fu" symbol. See costume and embroidery.
Zhang Yuan (Chinese), Autumn Flowers, 1948, ink and color on paper, Phoenix Art Museum, AZ. See botanical and Republic period.
China, Chairman Mao Zedong, from the People's Republic of China's period known as the Cultural Revolution, 1966-1976, poster, Burke Museum, U of WA, Seattle. See portrait.
China, Man driving a tractor holds up a copy of Mao's Red Book, above a Mao quote: "Continuous revolution always going forward," from the People's Republic of China's period known as the Cultural revolution, 1966-1976, poster, Burke Museum, U of WA, Seattle.
China, Three Against the Enemy, from the People's Republic of China's period known as the Cultural revolution, 1966-1976, poster, Burke Museum, U of WA, Seattle.
Also see apsara, archaeology, blanc de Chine, bonsai, Buddhist art, feng shui, Japanese art, and suiseki.