Painting Animation:Departure Herald and Return Clearing 02

Year of production2012

Related exhibition items Return Clearing Departure Herald

Since 2011, the National Palace Museum initiated "Painting Anime," which is a series of six high-resolution long scroll painting animation. Through the latest technology, four high-resolution 1080 HD projectors seamlessly unfold sceneries from classical long scroll paintings on the light wall. "Painting Anime" reproduced six popular paintings, including Along the River During Qingming (Qing court artists), Spring Morning in the Han Palace (Qiu Ying), Imitating Zhao Bosu's Latter Ode on Red Cliff (Wen Zhengming), Syzygy of the Sun, Moon, and the Five Planets (Xu Yang), Departure Herald (anonymous), Return Clearing (anonymous) and Activities of the Twelve Months (Qing court artists). Inspired by historical material related to the artworks, the six animations faithfully present the true spirit of the original paintings and their most attractive parts. In historical records related to Syzygy of the Sun, Moon, and the Five Planets, on the first day of the first month in the Emperor Qian Lung's 26th Year (1761/02/05), the Directorate of the Imperial Observatory observed the astronomical phenomenon of the Sun and Moon both rising together and the Five Planets lined up, an event known as a syzygy. Officials therefore predicted it would be a year of peace throughout the land and of bountiful harvest. Xu Yang was then commissioned to make a painting recording this rare and auspicious omen. Also the painting contains a detailed depiction of New Year's Day. Civil and military officials enter the court to congratulate the emperor and people throughout the capital are out to greet the New Year. This hand scroll depicts the observatory and various courtyard residences in detail as well as archways and city gates . There are festive scenes of people in various forms of clothing and transportation, and all sorts of awnings and storefronts reflect the variety of life in Beijing at the time.