Early Chinese paintings subject of Freer & Sackler Galleries website

The Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution have announced a new online resource for the study of early Chinese painting. The site features over 80 examples of 10th through 14th century artwork.

From the press release:

The earliest Chinese paintings in one of the most important collections in the West are now featured in a new public Web resource launched by the Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler galleries. "Song and Yuan Dynasty Painting and Calligraphy" contains hundreds of images and comprehensive documentation of the Freer's exceptional holdings of 85 works of Chinese brushwork from the 10th through the 14th centuries.

The culmination of years of research and preparation, the Web site comprises an unprecedented assemblage of documentary information presented in Chinese and English about the Freer's collection of Song and Yuan paintings. Art historians and the larger scholarly community will benefit from the most comprehensive documentation ever assembled or published on these renowned works of Chinese art. The project aims to create a virtual catalog of the collection that can readily incorporate new documentation, scholarship and photography. This adaptability is intended to make the site a changing reflection of scholarly advances rather than a static record of current opinion.