Ling-en Lu. Collecting Paintings in a Revolutionary Age: The Story of a Song Masterpiece in Old Shanghai
Chinese paintings provide fascinating windows into Chinese art culture throughout history. The painted images themselves vividly convey the primary aesthetic and philosophical underpinnings of this culture, while the colophons and seals added to the paintings reveal much about the history of art collecting. It is collectors and connoisseurs whom we can thank for the preservation of remarkable works of art, and through whose hands these paintings passed, ultimately coming to rest in Western museums.