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This project examines the origin and evolution of landscape depictions from both Eastern and Western traditions, covering from Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD) to Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127) in China, and from Roman antiquity to early Renaissance in Europe. Landscape depiction from each time period is examined. With the help of detailed visual analysis and overviews of religious ideology, the study reaches the conclusion that in both traditions, landscape depiction reaches its maturity both in terms of pictorial techniques and the ability to convey spirituality by the early Renaissance (11th century in China and 15th century in Italy). The project also provides some observations concerning the similarities and differences between the two pictorial traditions, which are outlined at the end to compare and contrast.
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Tian, Conghao, "East Meets West: A Comparative Study On the Origin of Landscape Depiction" (2018). Senior Projects Spring 2018. 268.