National Palace Museum
Price: $ 49.95
National Palace Museum was born in 1925, the year after
the Last Emperor left the Forbidden City in Beijing.
The treasures in the former palace had been chosen over
the centuries to delight the exacting taste of successive
emperors. Today in its new home in Taipei, the Museum
houses a total of 700,000 national treasures. These
masterpieces are part of the whole world's cultural
This CD-ROM presents 136 selected antiquities and works
of art in twelve categories. Each exhibit is described
by a narrator for easy listening, while zoom and revolve
functions allow full appreciation of every detail.
Story of the Museum
There are times when what seems
impossible has a miraculous way of actually happening.
To escape the ravages of wartime China, the treasures
of the National Palace Museum were transported on a 14,000-kilometer
odyssey, amazingly without a single item being lost on
the way. Today the National Palace Museum in Taipei continues
to hold the flame aloft, promoting Chinese culture on
the international stage. This unit uses a documentary-style
format to illuminate four phases in the Museum's history,
reporting on events that have shaped the history of Chinese
art and civilization.
True listening is a journey of intellectual
discovery. We have selected 136 celebrated exhibits from
among the many tens of thousands at the National Palace
Museum and created a free, relaxed environment for you
to enjoy them. Listen to expert analysis of art objects
and their background, while savoring the beauty of fine
craftsmanship in all its subtlety.
Enter into the hearts of Chinese
of different dynasties, listen to their inner voices,
and share their joys and anxieties. See how the superstitious
Shang people obtained divine inspiration from cracks on
turtle shells, and how Qinshihuang mobilized millions
of people to build him an ideal world in death.
Down the course of 5,000 years of history, learn how the
Chinese applied their wisdom and ingenuity to creating
an epic civilization.
The treasures of the National Palace
Museum are a precious heritage of human civilization.
This unit provides a fresh angle for art interpretation
by placing these sophisticated artifacts in context, tracing
changed over time, interpreting their individual charm,
and so bringing them closer to modern viewers.