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元 唐棣 摩詰詩意圖 軸
Landscape after a poem by Wang Wei

Artist:
Tang Di (Chinese, ca. 1287–1355)
Period:
Yuan dynasty (1271–1368)
Date:
dated 1323
Culture:
China
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk
Dimensions:
Image: 50 3/4 x 27 1/16 in. (128.9 x 68.7 cm) Overall with mounting: 8 ft. 8 1/8 in. x 33 3/4 in. (264.5 x 85.7 cm) Overall with knobs: 8 ft. 8 1/8 in. x 37 in. (264.5 x 94 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Ernest Erickson Foundation, 1985
Accession Number:
1985.214.147
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 210
Tang Di was one of the first southern scholar-artists to revive the Northern Song landscape traditions of the tenth and eleventh centuries, and this composition is typical of the many large-scale works he produced in emulation of northern prototypes. While Northern Song masters were inclined to depict the dynamic forces of nature through richly descriptive pictorial techniques, Tang reinterpreted the style using more calligraphic conventions. Here, he uses the gnarled trees and desolate lowlands of eleventh-century masters to "illustrate" a couplet by Wang Wei (699–759):

I walk to where the water ends
And sit and watch as clouds arise.
#7411. Landscape after a Poem by Wang Wei
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Inscription: Artist’s inscription and signature (2 columns in standard script)

In the spring, the third month of the third year of the Zhizhi reign era [1323], Tang Di, Zihua, of Wuxing [in Zhejiang] painted this picture after a poem by Mojie [Wang Wei, 699–759 or 701–761].

至治三年春三月吳興唐棣子華寫 《摩詰詩意圖》。

Artist's seals

Tang Di 唐棣
Tang shi Zihua 唐氏子華

Collectors’ seals

Chen Changji 陳長吉 (active late 19th c.)
Shiyi micang 石逸祕藏
Chen Changji zi Shiyi yin 陳長吉字石逸印
Yi Lu 逸廬

Zhang Heng 張珩 (1915–1963)
Yunhui Zhai yin 韞輝齋印
Zhan de yu ji yiran zizu 蹔得於己怡然自足
Zhang Heng siyin 張珩私印
Wuxing Zhang shi tushu zhi ji 吳興張氏圖書之記
Xinshang 心賞

Tan Jing 譚敬 (1911–1991)
Tan Jing yin 譚敬印
Tan shi Ou Zhai shuhua zhi zhang 譚氏區齋書畫之章
Ou Zhai zhencang 區齋珍藏

Xu An 徐安 (20th c.)
Xu An 徐安

Illegible: 1
The Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc. , New York (until 1985; donated to MMA)
Cleveland Museum of Art. "Chinese Art Under the Mongols," October 1, 1968–November 4, 1968.

New York. Asia House Gallery. "Chinese Art Under the Mongols," January 9, 1969–February 2, 1969.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Imperial Painting of the Ming Dynasty: The Zhe School," March 10, 1993–May 9, 1993.

Dallas Museum of Art. "Imperial Painting of the Ming Dynasty: The Zhe School," June 6, 1993–August 1, 1993.

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

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Artist as Collector: Masterpieces of Chinese Painting from the C.C.Wang Family Collection," September 2, 1999–January 9, 2000.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The World of Scholars' Rocks: Gardens, Studios, and Paintings," February 1, 2000–August 20, 2000.

New York. China Institute in America. "The Chinese Painter as Poet," September 14, 2000–December 10, 2000.

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. "Art of the Brush: Chinese Painting and Calligraphy," March 12, 2005–August 14, 2005.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Journeys: Mapping the Earth and Mind in Chinese Art," February 10, 2007–August 26, 2007.

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. "The World of Khubilai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty," September 28, 2010–January 2, 2011.

Shanghai Museum. "Masterpieces of Chinese Tang, Song and Yuan Paintings from America," November 3, 2012–January 3, 2013.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Chinese Painting from the Metropolitan Collection I," October 31, 2015–October 11, 2016.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Streams and Mountains without End: Landscape Traditions of China," August 26, 2017–January 6, 2019.

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