Art/ Collection/ Art Object
{{img.publicCaption}}

宋 佚名 倣周文矩 宮中圖 卷
In the Palace

Artist:
Unidentified Artist Chinese, active early 12th century
Artist:
After Zhou Wenju (Chinese, active 940–975)
Period:
Song dynasty (960–1279)
Date:
before 1140
Culture:
China
Medium:
Handscroll; ink and touches of color on silk
Dimensions:
Image: 10 1/4 × 57 3/4 in. (26 × 146.7 cm) Overall with mounting: 10 11/16 in. × 29 ft. 11 7/8 in. (27.1 × 914.1 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Purchase, Douglas Dillon Gift, 1978
Accession Number:
1978.4
Not on view
In the Palace, a freehand copy of a tenth-century handscroll by Zhou Wenju, depicts daily life among the palace ladies of the Southern Tang emperor Li Yu (r. 961–75), a renowned patron of the arts who trained his ladies to sing and act out his lyrics.

This twelfth-century copy is not a later painting in an ancient style but an ancient work reincarnated in a later vernacular. In making his copy, the artist chose the “plain-drawing” (baimiao) style of Li Gonglin (ca. 1049–1106), whose nephew commissioned the work in 1140. Concentrating on line, the painter eliminated the colors found in the original. Figures are drawn in the type of strongly calligraphic line admiringly characterized by Song critics as “iron wire.” In this style, the brush tip is kept at the center of the brushstroke to create taut fluid lines.

The twelfth-century painting was later divided into four sections. The Metropolitan’s scroll is the fourth section. The three other sections are in the Bernard Berenson collection, near Florence, Italy; the Cleveland Museum of Art; and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University.
Inscription: No artist’s inscription, signature, or seal

Label strip

Unidentified artist, 1 column in standard script, undated:

唐楊昇 《春閨士女圖》

Collectors' seals

Unidentified
Liu Yunlong yin 劉雲龍印
Jun si (half seal) 軍司(半印)
Chang (half seal) 昌(半印)
Dan ? 澹□
He dan zhai ? zhi yin 何澹齋□之印

Graphic seal: 1

Illegible: 3
Related Objects

Spring Morning in the Tang Court

Artist: In the Style of Zhou Wenju (Chinese, active 940–975) Date: 19th century Medium: Handscroll; ink and color on paper Accession: 42.61 On view in:Not on view

The Daoist Immortal Li Tieguai receiving a visitor

Date: 15th–16th century Medium: Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk Accession: 2016.486 On view in:Not on view

Scholars of the Liuli Hall

Date: late 13th century Medium: Handscroll; ink and color on silk Accession: 1977.49 On view in:Not on view

Ink Making

Date: early 19th century Medium: Gouache on paper Accession: 1994.409 On view in:Not on view

Palace banquet

Medium: Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk Accession: 2010.473 On view in:Not on view