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How this Chinese scroll confronts us with our own mortality

Sep 17, 2013 2 MINUTES
"We've gone from the solid world into this confrontation with the ultimate emptiness of life."

Curator Maxwell K. Hearn on "Cloudy Mountains," a handscroll by Fang Congyi.

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Throughout 2013, The Met invited curators from across the Museum to each talk about one artwork that changed the way they see the world. Each episode is interpreted by a Museum photographer.

Photography by Eileen Travell

Music by Austin Fisher

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