By Giacomo Bruni

These three lectures are designed for anyone interested in understanding how Mountain and Water painting is not only an artistic practice, delivering aesthetic pleasure, but also an experience of self-cultivation and spiritual improvement.


Throughout this course we will discover:
— The evolution of hermit culture and its relationship to Shanshui hua,
— Important texts about the origins of hermit culture
— Texts of two early Chinese traditional artists, Zong Bing’s Hua shanshui xu 《画山水叙》(Introduction to Mountain and Water Painting), and Guo Xi’s Linquan gaozhi 《林泉高致》(Essay on Mountain and Water Painting), 
— The Works of Famous painters related to hermit culture.

Module 1: Origins of the Hermit culture in ancient China
Module 2: Hermit culture and the Emergence of the Genre of Mountain and Water Painting
Module 3: Hermit culture and Mountain and Water painting from Sui to Yuan Dynasties

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