Art Of China

Ep 1/3

Wednesday 30 July

9.00pm-10.00pm

BBC FOUR

Following the success of Art Of The Low Countries, BBC Four’s critically acclaimed Art Of… series returns and sees presenter Andrew Graham-Dixon undertake his most epic journey yet, to uncover The Art Of China.

In this first episode, Andrew pieces together the spectacular recent discoveries of ancient art that are re-defining China’s understanding of its origins. He’ll come face to face with an extraordinary collection of sophisticated alien-like bronze masks created nearly four millennia ago and will travel to the second-longest river in China, Yellow River, to explore the tomb of a warrior empress - where he’ll discover the origins of calligraphy.

Always seeking to understand art in its historical context, Andrew visits the tomb of the First Emperor and comes face to face with the Terracotta Army. He’ll end his journey in Western China looking at the impact of the arrival of Buddhism from India on the wondrous paintings and sculptures of the Dunhuang caves.

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