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明 呂紀 鴛鴦芙蓉圖 軸
Mandarin ducks and cotton rose hibiscus

Artist:
Lü Ji (Chinese, active late 15th century)
Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Culture:
China
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk
Dimensions:
Image: 68 x 39 in. (172.7 x 99.1 cm) Overall with mounting: 116 1/4 x 40 1/4 in. (295.3 x 102.2 cm) Overall with knobs: 116 1/4 x 44 1/2 in. (295.3 x 113 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Ex coll.: C. C. Wang Family, Gift of Oscar L. Tang Family, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.494.2
Not on view
Lü Ji, a professional painter from Zhejiang Province, worked in the Southern Song (1127–1279) ink-wash style, which had remained popular in that region through the intervening centuries. He was summoned to be a court painter in the Hongzhi period (1488-1505) and was given an honorary title as an officer in the Imperial Guard.

The artist's paintings, done in a dashing, descriptive style highly regarded at court, were derided by Shen Zhou (1427–1509), the leading scholar-painter of the time, as being merely works "of the hand"; Shen considered his own calligraphic drawings to be products "of the heart." he contrast between the "hand" and the "heart" points up the presumed difference between the works of the "professional" artists and those of the "scholar-amateur" painters of the Ming period.
Inscription: Artist’s signature (1 column in semi-cursive script)

Lü Ji

呂紀


Artist’s seal

Siming Lü Tingzhen yin 四明呂廷振印
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The New Chinese Galleries: An Inaugural Installation," 1997.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Artist as Collector: Masterpieces of Chinese Painting from the C.C.Wang Family Collection," September 2, 1999–January 9, 2000.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The World of Scholars' Rocks: Gardens, Studios, and Paintings," February 1, 2000–August 20, 2000.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Great Waves: Chinese Themes in the Arts of Korea and Japan I," March 1, 2003–September 21, 2003.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Art of the Brush: Chinese Painting and Calligraphy," March 12, 2005–August 14, 2005.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Four Seasons," January 28, 2006–August 13, 2006.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of the Ming Dynasty: China's Age of Brilliance," January 23, 2009–September 13, 2009.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Chinese Gardens: Pavilions, Studios, Retreats," August 18, 2012–January 6, 2013.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Chinese Painting from the Metropolitan Collection II," May 7, 2016–October 11, 2016.

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