Lan Ying (Chinese, 1585–ca. 1664)
Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper
Image: 58 5/8 x 18 5/8 in. (148.9 x 47.3 cm)
Inscribed by the artist
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Morse, in honor of Douglas Dillon, 1979 (1979.26)
Strangely faceted rocksthought of as miniature mountainshave been treasured by collectors since the Tang dynasty (618907). This portrait of a rock called Red Friend is painted without surrounding garden elements, freeing the viewer to imagine its setting.