What I love about this site is that it is rich in history as well as art. You can choose the Flash Version or the HTML Version, but can only get an English translation in the flash version. The flash version is also nicely put together, and interactive.
If you’d like to turn the music off you can do so at the bottom of the page. Upon entering your navigation options are:
Itinerant Official – Once you’ve clicked into a section notice the white navigation bar that appears under the black one. Those are the sections for the topic you’ve selected. Here you will learn all about Mi Fu’s life in ancient China.
Poetry and Prose – In this section you’ll discover what gift poetry is. If you click the black dots on the map next to the text you’ll get a menu that pops up which will open the timeline when you click on it and allow you to look at the poetry piece for that location.
The Mi Boat – here you’ll learn about the art he collected, as well as, his ideas on collecting art.
Pure Enjoyments – here you’ll learn about his studio, and the objects that he kept there – paper, ink stone, rocks, and brush rests.
Ideas on Calligraphy – in this section you’ll learn what the customs of time were regarding calligraphy, and what Mi Fu’s own technique was like.
Practice of Calligraphy – this section discusses how he developed his own technique and the other types of techniques he had studied.
Gallery – you’ll find the link to the gallery just above the main navigation window. This will open in a new window with a black menu bar at the bottom. Click the menu bar to select different pieces of art to look at.
Most importantly as you navigate the site don’t be afraid to click things. There are a lot of different interactive areas on the page. As well as resources as you read like a glossary.
I hope you’ll love Mi Fu’s calligraphy as much as I did!