Ink rubbing exhibition celebrates art, history on archaic stones

By Lin Qi | | Updated: 2021-11-03 11:26
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An exhibition at the gallery of China National Academy of Painting through Nov 6 shows 30 rubbing reprodutions from different periods. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Writing on monumental tablets such as tombstones and steles constitutes an important part of Chinese calligraphy. And reproductions of ink rubbings from those engraved characters allow people of new generations to study not only the evolution of calligraphic styles but also historic events and figures.

An exhibition on now at the gallery of the China National Academy of Painting through Nov 6 shows some 30 rubbing reproductions from several cultural institutions. They bear the writing of various styles dating back to the third century and throughout the sixth century, a critical period when practice of calligraphy flourished, and envisage scenes of great prosperity from the Tang Dynasty (618-907). Some of the rubbings also show pictorial designs carved on stones to complement the writing.

The study and appreciation of the calligraphy inscribed on archaic tablets gained momentum in the middle of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). This new interest evoked extensive transformations in the styles of calligraphy and painting throughout the early 20th century.

The current exhibition reiterates the artistic beauty of stone inscriptions as well as the cultural and historic messages being promoted.

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