Most of us profess to love nature, although few of us have any sustained, unprotected contact with it. During the Song dynasty, Chinese scholars and artists presented contemplative, elegant and idealized views of nature. A solitary figure would be shown in thoughtful repose in a landscape. After the Mongol invasion, many of these delicate scholar-artists fled to remote areas of the country in a kind of forced Girl Scout camp experience. Once obliged to live in nature, their depictions of it shifted from... More >>>