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Song Dynasty Landscape Painting

Song Dynasty Landscape Painting

Author: Aleisha Olson
This lesson will analyze the unique traits of Chinese landscape painting.
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Terms to Know


A belief system based on the teachings of Confucius that emphasizes love and respect for human beings, the value of learning, and the value of family, including ancestors.


A moral and ethical Chinese philosophy that revived Confucianism, but added influences from Daoism and Buddhism and emphasized the importance of nature and a sense of spiritual connection with nature.

Shifting Perspective

A characteristic of traditional Chinese paintings as a way to break time and space.

Feng Shui

A Chinese practice in which elements of space are arranged in a way that maximizes the flow of energy.

Li (idea)

The underlying reason and order of nature, as seen in its living forms.

Ji (spirit)

Life energy or life force.



Image of Fan Kuan, Travelers Among Mountains and Streams, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Travelers_Among_Mountains_and_Streams.png; Image of Fishermen in a Mountain Stream, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Xu_Daoning_-_Fishermen_on_a_Mountain_Stream_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg; Image of Streams and Mountains with a Clear distant View, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Xia_Gui,_Streams_and_Mountains_with_a_Clear_Distant_View,_detail.jpg