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清 葉欣 白鶴嶺圖 冊頁
White Crane Mountain

Artist:
Ye Xin (Chinese, active ca. 1640–1673)
Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
datable to 1654–55
Culture:
China
Medium:
Leaf from a collective album of many leaves; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
9 3/4 x 13 in. (24.8 x 33 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Seymour Fund, 1964
Accession Number:
64.268.2
Not on view
This painting and its accompanying inscription belonged to an album made for the noted Nanjing collector and high official Zhou Lianggong (1612–1672). A leading patron of contemporary artists, Zhou assembled a number of these albums during the last twenty-five years of his life, when his career required him to travel extensively. Such collaborative works have long been a means for a group of artists to commemorate special occasions, but Zhou’s albums, which sometimes encompassed hundreds of contributions, fulfilled a different function: they included works by professionals and scholar-amateurs, Ming loyalists and Qing officials, traditionalist orthodox painters and innovative individualists. By inviting a wide spectrum of artists to both view and contribute to these albums, Zhou created a unique forum for artists to learn from and appraise one another’s productions.
Inscription: No artist’s inscription or signatureArtist’s seal

Rongmu 榮木

Colophons

1. Qin Quan 秦銓 (17th c.), 6 columns in standard script, undated; 1 seal:

山林窅冥,海水汨沒,移情之妙不在聲也。試從精神寂莫時展眎此卷,已覺一聲已動,四座無言。秦銓觀。 [印]: 字存古

2. Zhang Xuezeng 張學曾 (fl. 1633–1656), 3 columns in semi-cursive script, undated; 1 seal:

此閩中白鶴嶺景,戚少保提師破倭處也。元老年翁曾官於閩,為言其勝,而榮木圖之,令人神為之往。張尒唯題。 [印]: 爾唯
[ Mi Chou Gallery , New York, until 1964; sold to MMA]
New York. China Institute in America. "The Life of a Patron: Zhou Lianggong and the Painters of 17th Century China," October 19, 1996–December 21, 1996.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Millennium of Chinese Painting: Masterpieces from the Permanent Collection," September 8, 2001–January 13, 2002.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Dreams of Yellow Mountain: Landscapes of Survival in Seventeenth-Century China," September 13, 2003–February 22, 2004.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Art of the Chinese Album," September 6, 2014–March 29, 2015.

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