Ten Sites Associated with Ruan Yuan

Wang Jun Chinese

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During the nineteenth century, the scholar-official Ruan Yuan towered over the cultural life of the city of Yangzhou. A deeply proud Yangzhou native, Ruan Yuan sponsored major building and publishing projects that valorized his home city, becoming, for many people of his day, the face of Yangzhou. This album depicts ten famous sites in Yangzhou associated with Ruan Yuan, from his family temples to historical sites that he patronized. Equal parts a visual biography of a man and a portrait of a place, this unusual album shows the creative potential of the format, in which the civic and the personal can be interwoven into a single, multiphase story.

Ten Sites Associated with Ruan Yuan, Wang Jun (Chinese, 1816–after 1883), Album of ten paintings; ink and color on paper, China

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