Chinese Art Chrestomathy

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This book is about the history of Chinese art. However it is more than just a history book. Most of the Chinese art history books start and end with history. However in this book I intend to use Chinese art as a method to give the readers an insight into traditional Chinese culture.The book starts with historical facts and ends with more culture-related elements.As the only ancient culture that exists over 5000 years Chinese culture.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Endless Culture Organization 
1.1 Chinese Long Scroll 
1.2 Hanging Scroll and Paintings Album 
1.3 Collection,Appreciation and Circulation of Artworks 
1.4 Chinese Tradition and Chinese Art History 
Chapter 2 Multiplying Endlessly 
2.1 Colored Pottery 
2.2 Bronze Ware 
2.3 Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses of Qin Mausoleum 
2.4 “Painting of Fuxi and Nvwa” 
2.5 Han Stele 
Chapter 3 Image Project 
3.1 Construction Projects in Han and Tang Dynasties 
3.2 “Rules of Arclutecture” 
3.3 Forbidden City in Ming and Qing Dynasties 
3.4 Temples of Confucius and GuanYu 
3.5 Scenic Spot Buildings, Memorial Arch, and Ancestral Temple 
3.6 Calligraphy and Ancient Buildings 
Chapter 4 Peace Is Priceless 
4.1 Six Principles of Painting and Eight Principles of Calligraphy 
4.2 “Turn Swords into Ploughshares” 
4.3 Benevolence Attracted People Far and Near 
4.4 “Classic of Filial Piety Painting” and “Children Playing Painting” 
4.5 Not Be Eager to Show off 
4.6 Official Seal 
Chapter 5 Approaching Nature 
5.1 Return to Nature 
5.2 Landscape Voiceless Sound 
5.3 Civilized World 
5.4 Garden Architecture 
Chapter 6 Religious Spirit 
6.1 The Eastward Dissemination of Buddhism 
6.2 GracefulSolemnity 
6.3 Religious Architecture and Calligraphy 
6.4 The Chan Sect Painting, the Southern and Northern Faction and the Four Eminent Monks 
Chapter 7 Entering Modernity 
7.1 Individuality Emancipation 
7.2 Derive Pleasure from Painting 
7.3 With Brush and Ink at the Core 
7.4 Reach the Common Core of Painting with Individual Style 
7.5 Catering for both Refined and Popular Tastes 
7.6 Zeng Jing and Lang Shining 
7.7 Chinese Paintingin the 20th Century 
Chapter 8 Gentlemen Chasing After Beauty 
8.1 A Civilization of Garment 
8.2 “The Paintings of VirtuousWomen” and “Admonitions Scroll” 
8.3 Slim Yan and Plump Huan 
8.4 “Round Silk Fan in the Autumn Breeze” 
Chapter 9 Philosophical Skills 
9.1 Wonderful Workmanship Excelling Nature 
9.2 Transformation of Outmoded Customs
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Buildings provide protection and serve as residential areas for people to live in.Meanwhile, buildings also bear great responsibilities in China.They are often deemed as image projects that represent the images of the family or even the government or the country.The buildings in the palace are required to posses the qualities of both kindness and unrivaled majesty. 
Emperors of China have all poured huge amounts of resources into the construction of their capital cities and royal palaces, hoping to glorify their rule and sovereignty.Therefore, the royal palace construction becomes the project with the highest artistic achievement. 
Among China's ancient palace projects, the palaces built during Han dynasty could be seen as the milestone in Chinese architecture history.Emperor Gaozu of Han Dynasty, the founder of Han dynasty, previously built the capital city in Luoyang, a city located in western Henan province.The emperor later took the advice of Zhang Liang, the strategist and key advisor of Gaozu, and relocated the capital city to Chang'an (now known as Xi'an, Shaanxi province) in BC 202 for natural defense concerns and better access to supply routes. 
Gaozu built the imperial palace based on Qinshihuang's palace.Emperor Wu of Han, the seventh emperor of the Han Dynasty, expanded and rebuilt the palace.Changle (eternal happiness),Weiyang (the endless), and Jianzhang (establishing eternal rules), are three of the largest imperial palaces Emperor Wu built. 
Sui dynasty reformed the traditional palace building pattern and adopted the rule of three courts and five 
Chinese Art Chrestomathy