When Fan Qi created this album in 1646, Nanjing was still smoldering after the destructive Manchu invasion of the city and establishment of Qing rule. During this chaotic period, Fan Qi took refuge at the Buddhist Monastery of Pure Coolness (Qingliang Si), situated on a hill in the northwestern quarter of the city. These intimate paintings depict the local scenery of Nanjing as a series of idyllic retreats and express the artist’s desire to transcend the turmoil by remembering places that exist beyond the world of politics.
Inscription: Artist’s inscription and signature (3 columns in standard script; on the last painting)
Painted in autumn, the ninth lunar month of the bingxu year [October 9-November 6, 1646] in the Monastery of Pure Coolness. Fan Qi
Fan Qi 樊圻 (Leaf A, B, C, D, G, H) Huigong 會公 (Leaf A, C, E, F, H)