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Paintings for Monk Xuesheng

Various artists

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Albums made it possible to gather together paintings by different artists into a single work. These six leaves come from an album dedicated to an obscure Buddhist monk named Xuesheng that includes painting and calligraphy by several artists who were active in Nanjing during the mid-seventeenth century. Each painting, inscribed with a dedication to Xuesheng, has been paired with a calligraphic inscription by another artist. This type of album, a significant effort to put together, might have been commissioned by Xuesheng himself, or perhaps by a friend to present as a gift.

Paintings for Monk Xuesheng, Various artists  , mid-17th century, Album of twelve leaves; ink and color on paper, China

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