An Album not only represents a traditional binding approach in ancient
China, but also refers to a special format of ancient Chinese paintings.
It was common practice for ancient Chinese painters to bind small-size
paintings into Albums, which were easy to shelve and carry outside the
home. In the Ming and Qing Dynasties, calligraphy and painting albums
evolved into a spiritual pursuit for the literati — well-educated
officials who occupied a high position in society. These social elites
took pleasure in the visual delight of leafing through an album, image