14 mai 2013

Seated Portrait of the Ming Emperor Xuanzong. Anonymous, Ming dynasty

Seated Portrait of the Ming Emperor Xuanzong. Anonymous, Ming dynasty (1368-1644) Hanging scroll, ink and colors on paper, 252.2 x 124.8 cm. The Ming dynasty emperor Xuanzong (1399-1435) had the surname Zhu and the first name Zhanji. The eldest grandson of Emperor Chengzu, he was the fifth ruler of the dynasty. On the throne from 1426 to 1435 with the reign name Xuande, he was given the posthumous temple name Xuanzong. Also gifted at painting, this full portrait done in colors depicts Xuanzong with a dark countenance and a... [Lire la suite]
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12 mai 2013

Lü Ji (ca. 1429-ca. 1505), Egrets in Flight, Ming dynasty

Lü Ji (ca. 1429-ca. 1505), Egrets in Flight, Ming dynasty.  Folding fan mounted as an album leaf, ink and colors on paper, 15.7 x 49.1 cm The seal and signature do not accord with the style of this painting, the brushwork derived from the manner of Lü Ji and tending to have a straightforward quality but nonetheless bearing his simple yet hoary manner. The forms of the white egrets derive from those in "Autumnal Egrets and Hibiscus," the one in the middle being especially similar. The reeds and the rocky slopes are also... [Lire la suite]
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12 mai 2013

Lü Ji (ca. 1429-ca. 1505), Apricot Blossoms and Peacocks. Ming dynasty

Lü Ji (ca. 1429-ca. 1505), Apricot Blossoms and Peacocks. Ming dynasty.  Hanging scroll, ink and colors on silk, 203.4 x 110.6 cm In China, the peony is associated with wealth and the peacock with splendor. One of the Chinese characters in "peacock" is also a homonym for "noble rank," so this bird symbolizes the rank and position of a high official. Therefore, all elements conform to the atmosphere at court while suggesting scenery from an imperial garden. The brushwork throughout the painting is steady and fine,... [Lire la suite]
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12 mai 2013

Lü Ji (ca. 1429-ca. 1505), Autumnal Egrets and Hibiscus. Ming dynasty

Lü Ji (ca. 1429-ca. 1505), Autumnal Egrets and Hibiscus. Ming dynasty. Hanging scroll, ink and colors on silk, 192.6 x 111.9 cm Pink hibiscuses in full bloom on an autumn day appear on the bank of a lily pond as a willow sways in the breeze. With the white egrets, the scene expresses a radiantly beautiful and colorful autumn. In terms of composition, a large waterfowl (white egret) stands on the foreground slope, while the main tree (willow) extends diagonally into the scenery. Perched in the tree are smaller birds (tits),... [Lire la suite]
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12 mai 2013

Lü Ji (ca. 1429-ca. 1505), Autumn Shoals and Waterfowl, Ming dynasty

Lü Ji (ca. 1429-ca. 1505), Autumn Shoals and Waterfowl, Ming dynasty. Hanging scroll, ink and colors on silk, 177.2 x 107.3 cm. On a hazy and misty autumn evening, a partial bright moon appears suspended in the skies above. Four bean geese rest on a bank with hibiscus and reeds; three have already fallen asleep as another cries out at the moon. The brushwork in painting the birds and flowers in this work is fine but not stiff, while the rendering of the slope is sketchy yet complete. Not only does this work portray geese... [Lire la suite]
12 mai 2013

Lü Ji (ca. 1429-ca. 1505), Snowy Landscape and Birds. Ming dynasty

Lü Ji (ca. 1429-ca. 1505), Snowy Landscape and Birds. Ming dynasty. Hanging scroll, ink and colors on silk, 169.6 x 90.5 cm. In this desolate scene after a snowfall, both river and sky appear as dark as ink. Several wild ducks are huddled against the cold, with a few already asleep. Freezing sparrows and cold spotted doves perch on the branches of the drooping willow tree above. Lü Ji has here fully grasped the reality of atmosphere in this scenery, allowing the viewer to feel the cold of a winter's day. The use of brush and... [Lire la suite]


09 mai 2013

Rare handscroll from the Qing Dynasty of China goes on display at Chester Beatty Library, Dublin

Handscroll of flowers and birds from the Chinese Qing dynasty (detail) (1644-1911). © Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin. DUBLIN.- Chester Beatty Library in Dublin, has been described as the finest collection of manuscripts and books made by a private collector in the 20th century. It includes representative samples of the world’s heritage (artistic, religious and secular) from about 2700 BC to the present century. Only about one percent of the Library's collection is on display at any one time due to lack of space,... [Lire la suite]
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05 mai 2013

Advanced-Scholar Chung K'uei Moving, Kung K'ai, Sung dynasty, Handscroll

Advanced-Scholar Chung K'uei Moving, Kung K'ai, Sung dynasty, Handscroll. The National Palace Museum, Taiwan Kung K'ai (1222-1307), a native of Huai-yin in Kiangsu , was particularly fond of painting demons and the demon-queller Chung K'uei in a most unusual manner. Unfortunately, very few of his works survive. Although this work bears an old attribution to Kung K'ai, the style is different from that associated with him and is probably a painting by a Ming dynasty or later painter to which Kung K'ai's name has been attached.... [Lire la suite]
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05 mai 2013

Lady Reading a Book, Chou Wen-chü, Five Dynasties Period (Southern T'ang), Hanging Scroll

Lady Reading a Book, Chou Wen-chü, Five Dynasties Period (Southern T'ang), Hanging Scroll. The National Palace Museum, Taiwan This cat accompanying its lady master reading in the shade of a pawlonia tree seems to have the mane and long hair of a male lion. This is perhaps the breed said to have come from the West and known in ancient times as “lion cat”. The artist has rendered the hair with detailed brushstrokes, showing the orderly hair as parted down the middle. White pigment has also been added to the back and hind legs to... [Lire la suite]
05 mai 2013

Cats Among Bamboo, Shen Chen-lin, Ch'ing dynasty, Hanging Scroll

Cats Among Bamboo, Shen Chen-lin, Ch'ing dynasty, Hanging Scroll. The National Palace Museum, Taiwan Shen Chen-lin, a Ch'ing dynasty court painter who specialized in figures and landscapes, once received a plaque from the Dowager Empress Tz'u-hsi that read, “From the marvelous hand of the imperial brush transmitting the spirit”. In this painting are three Siamese cats. The larger one is crouched on top of a garden rock next to bamboo looking down at two smaller cats (one white and the other yellow) playing on the grass below.... [Lire la suite]
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