Dragon Art History
One culture in which dragons and dragon art are prevalent is the Chinese culture, and mythology. The exact origins of Chinese dragons and dragon art is unknown but it is likely that it dates before any written history we have today. Examples of Chinese dragon art include the Wine Jar, from the Ming Dynasty (16th century), a Vase from the Chia Cing reign (16th century), a gilded bronze dragon from the Tang Dynasty (600 AD), the Royal Dragon Robes of Emperors, Tang Dynasty (7th century), and the Jade Coiled Dragon from the Hongshan Culture – 4700 – 2920 B.C. To the Chinese, the dragon symbolizes power, ambition, heroism, divinity, success, optimism and nobility. For this reason the Chinese have embraced dragon art for thousands of years. Western dragons are associated with negative qualities like evil, aggression, temper, murder and so on. Eastern dragons are beautiful, wise, and kind; they are worshipped and even have shrines devoted to them.Dragon fantasy art is very popular because if the mystical attributes of dragons. Did they exist? What were they like? What did they look like? These are all questions that the artist’s imagination can answer on paintings, drawings, illustrations and sketches. Dragon fantasy art accompanied by female warriors or ancient heroes is also an attractive theme for artists as they can create a fantastical legend on canvas. Free dragon clip art can be found all over the internet - just go online and search for the type of clipart you want. Chinese dragon clip art, and Chinese dragon pictures are some of the most popular clip art themes on the internet. Japanese dragon art is also popular but not nearly as potent as interest in Chinese dragons.