By Maxwell K. Hearn
An in-depth stylistic exam and targeted actual research of the famed tenth-century "Riverbank, in addition to different chinese language previous grasp work.
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Along the Riverbank: Chinese Painting from the C.C. Wang Family Collection by Maxwell K. Hearn