Painting Scroll

Just when you thought every iPhone app developer on the planet was hell-bent on winning the contest to see who can make the stupidest app, along comes a piece of work whose only goal is to show you something beautiful and educate you in the process.

Painting Scroll by Colorme Info Tech is a guided tour of “Along the River During the Qingming Festival”, a 900 year old panoramic painting from China’s Song Dynasty. It comes complete with a relaxing soundtrack of traditional Chinese music and subtitled narration of what the painting depicts as it slowly scrolls from beginning to end. The entire ride lasts about 5 minutes, and during that time you get an interesting glimpse of how Chinese people rolled in the 11th century.

Even though you may have never heard of this painting it’s a pretty big deal in China and, according to the Wikipedia entry, it even has a nickname:

As an artistic creation, the piece has been revered and court artists of subsequent dynasties have made several re-interpretive replicas. The painting is famous because of its geometrically accurate images of boats, bridges, shops, and scenery. Because of its fame, it has been called “China’s Mona Lisa”.

At any given time during the scrolling tour you can tap on the painting and get a closeup view of the scene which is a really nice feature. You can also drag the scroll left and right as a kind of way to rewind or fast-forward, and there’s also a separate “story” screen that discusses the painting’s theme and history, but that’s where the features end which I guess is fine. Maybe it would have been nice to see the Wikipedia entry directly in the app, but when it comes to art history lessons I generally don’t expect much in the features department.

Painting Scroll is a nice app and I think even DaVinci would have to admit that “Along the River During the Qingming Festival” is an impressive piece of artwork. However, given the limited “replay” value of the app, I’m guessing the only people who will want to pony up $2 for it are probably art history nerds, those who are determined to appreciate all things artistic, or those who are actually Chinese and truly understand the significance of China’s Mona Lisa.

8 Responses to “Painting Scroll”

  1. Michael (Admin) Says:

    Colorme Info Tech has been nice enough to provide some promo codes to hand out! First come, first served:


    If you use one, please leave a comment so that everyone knows it’s gone. Your thoughts on the app (after you try it) are also welcome. Enjoy! :cool:

    (You must have a U.S. iTunes account to use promo codes)

  2. Aaron J Says:

    I grabbed the first one…I enjoy Chinese history & culture, why not? Looks interesting, but I don’t see many folks buying this for $2. Thanks!

  3. Michael (Admin) Says:

    Yeah it’s kind of a “niche” app… anyway, hope you like it! I’m sure the developer would love to know your thoughts on it after you tour the painting.

  4. Jane Says:

    I took the third one (the second had already gone). Thanks!

  5. GG Says:

    yesss i toke the 4 thanks!

  6. hah Says:

    look pretty,hava a see

  7. leo Says:

    Look like a interesting app! I am interested in chinese culture.thanks!

  8. Jan Says:

    Really beautiful!

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