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Animated Scroll


The hand scroll Along the River During the Qingming Festival is considered one of the most important works of art in China. Painted on silk by Zhang Zeduan during the Northern Song Dynasty, this work is rarely exhibited. To compensate for the lack of viewing, on permanent display at the China Art Palace in Shanghai is an animated version of the scroll. In a darkened room is a long screen that projects the scroll. Unlike the original scroll, the figures come to life acting out the Qingming Festival for all to see.