Himalayan Art Resources

Subject: Art Evaluation Criteria (Traditional Painting)

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This is a work in progress and more content and explanation will be added.
See the Art Evaluation Criteria (Contemporary Traditional).

Art Evaluation Criteria: (Chinese Language)
1. Quality
2. Condition
3. Iconography
4. Rarity
5. Aesthetics
6. Historical Importance
7. Additional Topics


1. Quality
- line
- colour
- composition
- complexity
- materials
- preparation
- comparables

2. Condition
- wear
- loss
- damage
- accretions

3. Iconography
- translated text description
- iconometry
- religious tradition
- painting tradition & style
- creativity

4. Rarity
- style
- region
- period
- iconography

5. Aesthetics
- balance
- harmony
- creativity
- perspective
- proportions
- dimensions

6. Historical Importance
- provenance
- inscriptions
- historical elements
- textual documentation
- Publication History

7. Additional Topics
- set/single
- context
- conservation
- restoration
- painting tradition
- painting style
- controversy
Object Writeup:
- identification & tombstone information
- description, context & function
- quality & aesthetics
- rarity & comparables
- importance & condition


Jeff Watt 7-2018 [updated 6-2019]