Image: 72 3/4 x 35 3/4 in. (184.8 x 90.8 cm)
Overall with mounting: 98 3/4 x 43 1/8 in. (250.8 x 109.5 cm)
Overall with knobs: 98 3/4 x 46 3/8 in. (250.8 x 117.8 cm)
Bequest of John M. Crawford Jr., 1988
Not on view
Known as the last major Zhe School professional painter, the Hangzhou artist Lan Ying was sufficiently influenced by late Ming scholar-painting aesthetics to have devoted most of his creative energy to painting in the idioms of the Song and Yuan masters. In this self-titled work, for example, Lan invokes the theme of life in reclusion celebrated in many paintings by Yuan scholar-artists.
Unlike the works of the Wu School scholar-painters, however, Lan Ying’s paintings emphasize technical virtuosity and coloristic effects. Lan’s expressive drawing and bold use of color influenced a number of younger painters, including Chen Hongshou (1598–1652).
Signature: Signed, dated 1632, two artist's seals
Inscription: Artist’s inscription and signature (1 column in clerical script, followed by 2 columns in semi-cursive script):
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of the Ming Dynasty: China's Age of Brilliance," January 23, 2009–September 13, 2009.