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press release

Liu Dan (b. 1953) is one of China's leading artists, at the forefront of the generation of painters who have been working in radically new ways in the traditional medium of ink.

The exhibition will include two new, ink paintings that owe a debt to Raphael, presented alongside Raphael drawings from the Ashmolean’s collection.

Liu Dan is exceptional in combining themes current since the Song dynasty using his own techniques derived from 14th-century artists. His paintings are meticulous, and very often huge in scale. He is equally interested in Italian drawing of the 14th to 16th centuries as much as their Yuan and Ming dynasty contemporaries, and aspects of their work are subsumed in his.