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清 施霖 山莊圖 冊頁
Mountain Retreat

Artist:
Shi Lin (Chinese, active ca. 1630–60)
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 12 3/4 in. (24.8 x 32.4 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Seymour Fund, 1964
Accession Number:
64.268.3
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 signature

Artist’s seals

Shi Lin siyin 施霖私印
Shi Yuxian 施雨咸

Colophon

Weng Ling 翁陵 (d. ca. 1668), 26 columns in standard script, undated; 2 seals:

使居有良田廣宅,背山臨流,溝池環匝,竹木周布,果蔬樹前,場圃居 後。舟車足以代步涉之艱,使令足以息四體之役。養親有兼味之膳,妻子無苦身之勞。良朋萃止,則陳酒肴以娛之,嘉時吉日,則烹羔豚以奉之。躊躕畦菀,游戯平林。濯清水,追涼風,釣游鯉,弋高鴻。風於舞雩之下,詠歸高堂之上。安神閨房,思老氏之玄虛,噓吸精和,求至人之髣髴。日與達者論道講書,俯仰二儀,錯綜人物。彈南風之雅操,發清商之玅曲。逍遙一世之上,睥睨天地之間,不受當世之責,永保性命之期。如此則可以凌霄漢,出宇宙之外矣,豈羨入帝王之門哉!櫟翁先生命翁陵書。 [印]:大吉、歸性

Collector’s seal

Unidentified
A’cun 阿存
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