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From style, font, materials used, or even their application, Chinese calligraphy has developed a lot throughout history.
The Song Dynasty is one of the peaks for art and literature in history. The imperial courts of the emperor's palace were filled with his entourage of court painters, calligraphers, poets, and storytellers. The gentry elite engaged in the arts as accepted pastimes of the cultured scholar-official, including painting, composing poetry, and writing calligraphy.