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明 林良 二鷹圖 軸
Two hawks in a thicket

Artist:
Lin Liang (Chinese, ca. 1416–1480)
Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
mid- 15th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk
Dimensions:
Image: 58 5/8 x 32 3/4 in. (148.9 x 83.2 cm) Overall with mounting: 108 1/2 x 39 in. (275.6 x 99.1 cm) Overall with knobs: 108 1/2 x 43 7/8 in. (275.6 x 111.4 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Bei Shan Tang Foundation, 1993
Accession Number:
1993.385
Not on view
One of the leading court painters of bird-and-flower scenes, the Cantonese artist Lin Liang specialized in bold, expressive, monochrome depictions of birds in the wild.

Never before had there been such hawks as those painted by Lin Liang. Standing like monuments to strength and courage on the highest frozen peaks swept by bitter winds, living in worlds that lesser creatures could not inhabit, Lin's great birds are embodiments of heroism. In contrast to his usual image of hawks silhouetted against the sky and surveying their surroundings from a high perch, however, these noble birds appear withdrawn and reclusive, inviolable and inaccessible, as if lost in a dense forest of old trees and thick bamboo where no one could possibly reach them.
#7339. Two Hawks in a Thicket
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Inscription: Artist’s signature (1 column in semi-cursive script)

Lin Liang 林良

Artist’s seal

Yishan tushu 以善圖書
Bei Shan Tang Foundation , Hong Kong (until 1993; donated to MMA)
Zurich. Museum Rietberg. "The Mandate of Heaven: Emperors and Artists in China," April 2, 1996–July 7, 1996.

Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. "The Mandate of Heaven: Emperors and Artists in China," August 3, 1996–November 10, 1996.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The New Chinese Galleries: An Inaugural Installation," 1997.

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. "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. "Chinese Painting, Masterpieces from the Permanent Collection," August 28, 2004–February 20, 2005.

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

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Anatomy of a Masterpiece: How to Read Chinese Paintings," March 1, 2008–August 10, 2008.

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. "Masterpieces of Chinese Painting from the Metropolitan Collection I," October 31, 2015–October 11, 2016.

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