The Tang Dynasty And The Chinese World Essay

1574 Words Dec 6th, 2016 7 Pages
The Tang Dynasty was regarded by many as one of the cultural pinnacles in the Chinese history. International trade propelled a more global market; the Tang costumes became the symbol of Chinese-ness; calligraphers like Chu Suiliang, Liu Gongquan or Yan Zhenqing traced their artistic pursuit from Wang Xizhi and set the tone for future calligraphic aesthetics and education. The Tang 's poetry and prose writings relish a significant position in the world literary history, and influenced the art scene in other countries with the Chinese World Order. Nevertheless, one of the key aspects of art -- architecture -- failed to preserve many physical remains. There are four major timber-frame buildings from the Tang that still stand, and only a handful of stone or brick structures have their roots back in the Tang. But through them, and the ancient Japanese temples from Nara and Heian periods (in the cities of Nara and Kyoto), we were able to reconstruct the shape of the Tang architecture. The essay aims to discuss and summarize the features of the Tang architecture, and investigate the relationship between Tang architectural designs and the socio-economic fundamentals of the society. The booming economy improved the craftsmanship, the sense of hierarchy impacted the exterior style, and the religious aesthetics ruled over the functional considerations. Integrating the works of architecture into the scheme of city planning and figurative representations, the project also discerns the…

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