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Xingrangtie, created by Wang Xizhi
The classic calligraphy named Xing Rang Tie(行穰帖), created by Wang Xizhi, known as the Sage of Chinese Calligraphy, and currently this scroll is preserved in Princeton University Art Museum of the United States of America
calligraphy masterpieces
Representative Masterpiece of Chinese Calligraphy Art


Calligraphy in world's artistic system is a traditional and unique art form born and flourished in China. Since its formation,the period of development, maturity and perfection is quite long. In 2009, Chinese calligraphy posterior to Kunqu Opera and Guqin Musical Performance was upwardly written into List of World Intangible Cultural Heritage organized by UNSECO. Naturally, a mass of readers who do not learn more about this unique and independent artistic type will question why it can be ranked in this world-class list. The reason actually is very simple and acceptable, that is, calligraphy belongs to the superior level of human spirituality and creativity based on the individuals'long-term moral cultivation and cultural education other than the vivid similar artistic training such as Chinese traditional painting and carving.

This is a mysterious art form just as Chinese Yin and Yang Theory because it is really the only one existing and booming in China. Traditional Chinese learners or Wen Ren(文人) must master such a type of artistic Chinese Character Handwriting when begun their learning. This is a necessity for study in ancient China. Even in some dynasties, Calligraphy was esteemed as one of the standards or principles to recruit the governmental officials. Traditionally, in a study, four treasuries should be prepared for scholars’ learning. Specifically, the Chinese ink-stone, Chinese brush, Chinese ink and Chinese paper are all serving the calligraphy all the time for calligraphic action would accompany with their studies till the end of their life. Furthermore, the widely-accepted and prevailing standpoint on Chinese calligraphy is that appreciators can get more about the personality and characters of the calligraphists by right of their calligraphic masterpieces. More interestingly, Calligraphy in Chinese traditional artistic system is a relatively independent art form but at the root of Chinese artistic system. It underlies the foundation of Chinese thousands of years’ development of elite culture. To a most degree, calligraphy is the base of Chinese painting. Chinese ancient calligraphers were never just specialized in calligraphy; on the contrary, they were extensively expert in many other relevant fields such as sealing, painting, poem-prose creation and so on. They used to be exemplified or modeled as the multi-oriented talented people who were learnt sincerely from generation to generation.

The Outline of Chinese Calligraphic History

In line with some authoritative categorization and the arrangement of the classical books, Chinese calligraphic history is generally comprised of Calligraphic History before Qin Dynasty, Calligraphic History amid Qin and Han Dynasties, Calligraphic History of Three-Kingdom Period, Two-Jin and South-North Dynasties, Calligraphic History of Sui, Tang and Wudai Dynasties, Calligraphic History of Song Dynasty, Calligraphic History of Yuan Dynasty, Calligraphic History of Ming Dynasty and Calligraphic History of Qing Dynasty.





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