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Song Dynasty Landscape Painting

Song Dynasty Landscape Painting

Author: Erin Aldana
This lesson will analyze the unique traits of Chinese landscape painting.
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Key Terms


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.

Li (idea)

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

Ji (spirit)

Life energy or life force.

Shifting Perspective

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


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.

Feng shui

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

Image Credits

Travelers among Mountains and Streams, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Travelers_Among_Mountains_and_Streams.png, Fishermen on a Mountain Stream, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Xu_Daoning_-_Fishermen_on_a_Mountain_Stream_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg, Sailboat in a Rainstorm, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Xia_Gui_-_Sailboat_in_Rainstorm.jpg