Monday, 9 March 2015

Along a river in autumn

 Along a River in autumn ( 清明上河图) is a painting by a Song Dynasty artist Zhang Zeduan (1085–1145). It captures the daily life of people and the landscape of the capital, Bianjing, today's Kaifeng, from the Northern Song period.

The painting depicts various scenes that revealed the lifestyle of all levels of the society from rich to poor as well as different economic activities in rural areas and the city, and offer glimpses of period clothing and architecture.

The scroll is 25.5 centimetres (10.0 inches) in height and 5.25 meters (5.74 yards) long. In its length there are 814 humans, 28 boats, 60 animals, 30 buildings, 20 vehicles, 8 sedan chairs, and 170 trees. The countryside and the densely populated city are the two main sections in the picture, with the river meandering through the entire length.

One of the scene in the painting
Visit my other blog for a detailed description of the scenes depicted by the artist on the life of people that live during the Northern Song dynasty some one thousand years ago.

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