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Mural Production

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This chapter discusses: the organisation of a workshop and the production process from beginning to end; the use of drawings by painters in the process of executing a Heavenly Court painting and an investigation in the design of a wall painting of a Heavenly Court on the basis of surviving examples. It focuses on the functional classification of drawings proposed by Giorgio Vasari. Vasari divided drawings into three types: schizzo, disegno, and cartone, or sketches. The chapter uses these three different terms because, in Western language and art history, they already have defined meanings. It demonstrates the western classification can, by and large, be applied to extant Chinese drawings, and the type sketch. On the basis of surviving examples of Heavenly Court wall paintings and designs, the chapter discusses the three types of mural designs and the compositional devices used by the painters to connect the various elements.

Keywords: Chinese drawings; Heavenly Court painting; mural design; mural production; Painting Workshop



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