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Sunday, June 13, 2021

Exhibition Public - USA & Canada

Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Up Close

The Met Fifth Avenue
1000 Fifth Avenue,
New York, USA
Dec 21, 2020 To Jun 27, 2021

Detail: Close looking is at the heart of Chinese painting and calligraphy. In premodern China, painters and calligraphers learned by copying, a practice that required heightened observation of details. In the process, they also learned how to look—how to detect fine distinctions of ink tone, saturation, and line. Only after years of this type of intense looking could a person be considered a true expert.

This exhibition will encourage such looking by displaying original artworks alongside photographic enlargements of their details. The magnified details draw attention to subtleties of brushwork, texture, and line that may escape a viewer at first glance. Ultimately, the enlargements draw us back to the original, revealing the rewards that close looking can offer.

On view in two rotations will be some of the most celebrated works of Chinese painting and calligraphy from the Museum's collection.

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Finches and bamboo
Finches and bamboo
early 12th century, Northern Song dynasty (960–1127)
Image: 13 1/4 × 21 13/16 in. (33.7 × 55.4 cm)
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