Landscape in the Style of Ancient Masters: Artist's commentary

A work made of album leaf; ink and colors on paper.
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  • A work made of album leaf; ink and colors on paper.

Date:

Ming dynasty (1368–1644), 1642

Artist:

Lan Ying
Chinese, 1585-c. 1664

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Asian Art

Artist

Lan Ying

Title

Landscape in the Style of Ancient Masters: Artist's commentary

Origin

China

Date

1637–1647

Medium

Album leaf; ink and colors on paper

Inscriptions

In the renwu year [1642], while visiting Mr. Tanweng in Yang- zhou, I saw a fan painting by Mr. Ji’ou. The painting is elegantly executed in brush and ink; its river and valley are deep. From ancient times, literati who could practice the “Six Canons” were endowed with divine brightness, which I do not have. With this painting, I beg Mr. Ji’ou’s instruction. Lan Ying. The Six Canons [Liu fa] refers to six principles for evaluating painting written by Xie He (active c. 479–502). This text became an important foundation for subsequent art criticism in China.

Dimensions

31 × 40.7 cm (12 × 16 in.)

Credit Line

Samuel M. Nickerson fund

Reference Number

1958.395.i

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