Monday, September 12, 2016
Take Me To The River
This weekend I wanted to spend some time looking at my favorite Chinese painting, "Spring Festival Along the River"by the Northern Sung painter Zheng Zeduan/Chang Tse-Tuan, Its not exactly a classical landscape painting of lonely mountains, clouds and waterfalls. Instead, Zheng's painting is filled with people on their way to the Sung capital of Kaifeng during Ch'ing Ming, the spring festival honoring the dead.
I never tire of looking at this masterpiece (which of course, I've only seen in photographic reproduction.) I have a book at home that has a twelve-page spread of the entire painting in black and white, but its a not very high resolution reproduction. So I went on line and accidentally stumbled across a site at the University of Chicago that reproduces Chinese scroll paintings. The viewer can literally "scroll" through the entire scroll while making the very high resolution images larger (to see detail) or smaller (to see the details in their larger context.)
To take a look, go to: