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Jinling (today's Nanjing)-style Print


Besides Huizhou, Nanjing was another important center for print arts in the Ming Dynasty. Some engraving houses majored in carving illustrations for dramatic novels, and some engraved and printed a lot of valuable art "books."

The development of Jinling-style Print can be divided into the early and the late stages. Mainly influenced by the Jian'an Print, the style in the early stage was featured by more attention to figures and plots rather than the surroundings. However, the style in the late stage was greatly influenced by the Huihzou Print, which turned out to have injected new blood to the Jinling-style Print. Multi-block prints with unparalleled fine illustrations and multi-block color printing were also well developed in Jinling.

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