Hermitage by a pine-covered bluff

Attributed to Yan Ciyu Chinese

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Yan Ciyu and his brother Yan Ciping learned to paint from their father Yan Zhong, who painted in the courts of Emperors Huizong and Gaozong of the Song dynasty. Following in their father’s footsteps, Ciyu and Ciping went on to paint for Emperor Xiaozong in the 1160s. Because there is no signature on this painting, its attribution must be made on the basis of style alone. While some have argued that its style resembles that of Ciping, the scholar and Met curator Wen Fong attributed it to his brother, Yan Ciyu.

#7601. Hermitage by a Pine-covered Bluff

Hermitage by a pine-covered bluff, Attributed to Yan Ciyu (Chinese, act. ca. 1164–81), Fan mounted as an album leaf; ink and color on silk, China

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