“Transmitting the Spirit” in Ancient Chinese Art


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"Transmitting the Spirit" in Ancient Chinese Art
The thesis of this paper is that representation in ancient Chinese art was shaped by the Ancient Chinese concept of the structure of the universe and the way it interacts with human beings. The test of the authenticity of a painting was whether it could take the viewer there and satisfy all the senses, not just reproduce the outer forms that could be seen by the eyes.
In Chinese cosmology there is no division into a real world and an ideal world. The world is one and indivisible, and human beings are a part of it (Weber, 193-196). Despite this unity, though, things fall into different classes and classifications, which have a special link through the similarity of their
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..... way, the artist was to depict form in such a way as to "transmit the spirit" to the viewer (Notes week 3 p. 20).
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