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Su Hanchen

I century−1163

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Su Hanchang born in Kaifeng, was a painter specialized in the depiction of Buddhist and Taoist subjects, the final period of the reign of the Northern song dynasty. After the collapse of the dynasty, he, along with the Imperial court moved South and settled in Centane. No detailed description of his life and the period of his work dates back to around the late 11th to the first half of the 12th century. In his early years he worked as a simple street artist, and during the reign of Emperor Huizong (1119-1125) was accepted into the Imperial Academy of painting, where he was appointed chief designer responsible for the display of Buddhist subjects, especially where excelled and became famous in the picture of naive children.

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