Forbidden City Art Analysis

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Cici Professor Doxtator ENG1020 10 November 2017 An Appeal for the Craftsman Spirit of Masters in the Forbidden City With its roofs covered with gilded tiles, red painted walls and gray-white bases, the Forbidden City is well known for being full of Chinese cultural and historical relics. When it comes to these magnificent places and priceless treasure, people will get a sense of distance and alienation, because they think that relics are just standing in the display case elegantly and cold. Also, people take it for granted that the restores in the Forbidden City are doing academically, time-consuming and boring jobs all days. Exquisite and cumbersome handicrafts and handicrafts artists who spend their whole life in restoring relics seem…show more content…
In the top right of the poster, there is the title of the movie, a vertical column calligraphy of Chinese characters. First, calligraphy represents Chinese traditional culture, making people experience the allure and fascination of Chinese traditional culture. However, after careful observation, people will be astonished to find the calligraph is actually a modern calligraphy which not exists in history. Modern calligraphy implies modernity and innovation. The combination between tradition and modern indicates both “restoration of the cultural relics” and “the National Palace Museum” are innovating. In regard to technology of relics restoration, the National Palace Museum is bringing in modern science and technology. A recent research said that “Modern analytical techniques are playing increasingly important roles in archaeology”(Zhang et al. 61). And “Here, we first identify the ancient Chinese textiles from Qing Dynasty Royal Palace as silk fibroin by ATR-spectrum.This study provides valuable data for the reparation of historical textiles preserved in the Palace Museum, Beijing.”(Zhang et al. 61). These academic journals mainly assert that modern technologies have made a huge effect on the antique textile restoration, because the characteristics of silk and dyes offer essential original information. And these innovative technologies have been taken by the restorers in the Palace Museum. Not only changing in technology of relics restoration, the National Palace Museum but also changes its attitude to people from alienation to geniality, and actively involves in the contemporary society to get close to people’s life through new decisions that did not previously exist. Shan Jixiang, the new curator of the Palace Museum, decided to

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