Art Of China
Wednesday 30 July
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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