Art/ Collection/ Art Object

明 魏之克(魏克) 金陵四時圖 卷 紙本
Views of Nanjing in the Four Seasons

Wei Zhike (Chinese, active ca. 1600–after 1636)
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
dated 1635
Handscroll; ink and color on paper
Overall with mounting: 12 5/8 in. × 38 ft. 10 in. (32.1 × 1183.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. T. Tai, 1968
Accession Number:
Not on view
Though few of his works survive, seventeenth-century sources describe Wei Zhike as an important painter in the Nanjing art scene of the late Ming dynasty (1368–1644). In this handscroll, Wei performs a virtuoso feat, weaving together famous sites in Nanjing and shifting seasons using the brush modes of various old masters. Creating a long handscroll was a very different challenge from making an album; likewise, the experience of unrolling a scroll, in which the shift from one scene to the next can be very subtle, differs from the hard cut of the album.
Inscription: Artist's inscription and signature (2 columns in standard script)

Painted in the second month of the yihai year of the Chongzhen reign era (1635). Wei Ke from Julu (in Hebei Province).

崇禎乙亥二月寫 。鉅鹿魏克

Artist’s seals:

Wei Ke 魏克
Heshu 和叔

Collector’s seal

Xi’er houren 洗耳後人
J. T. Tai & Co. , New York, 1968; donated 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. "The Art of the Chinese Album," September 6, 2014–March 29, 2015.

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