When Fan Qi created this album in 1646, Nanjing was still smoldering after the destructive Manchu invasion of the city and establishment of Qing rule. During this chaotic period, Fan Qi took refuge at the Buddhist Monastery of Pure Coolness (Qingliang Si), situated on a hill in the northwestern quarter of the city. These intimate paintings depict the local scenery of Nanjing as a series of idyllic retreats and express the artist’s desire to transcend the turmoil by remembering places that exist beyond the world of politics.
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清 樊圻 山水圖 冊 紙本
Artist:Fan Qi (Chinese, 1616–after 1694)
Period:Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Medium:Album of eight leaves; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:Each leaf: 6 5/8 x 8 in. (16.8 x 20.3 cm)
Credit Line:The Sackler Fund, 1969
Inscription: Artist’s inscription and signature (3 columns in standard script; on the last painting)
Painted in autumn, the ninth lunar month, of the bingxu year [October 9-November 6, 1646] in a Buddhist monastery on Mt. Qingliang. [Signed] Fan Qi
Fan Qi 樊圻 (Leaf A, B, C, D, G, H) Huigong 會公 (Leaf A, C, E, F, H)
Richard B. Hobart , Cambridge, MA (until d. 1963, posthumous sale at Parke-Bernet Galleries, the Richard Bryant Hobart collection of Chinese ceramics & paintings, part 2, December 12, 1969, New York, lot 270, to MMA)
University Art Museum, University of California at Berkeley. "The Restless Landscape: Chinese Painting of the Late Ming Period," November 9, 1971–January 2, 1972.
Cambridge. Fogg Museum, Harvard Art Museums. "The Restless Landscape: Chinese Painting of the Late Ming Period," February 12, 1972–April 2, 1972.
Princeton University. "Studies in Connoisseurship: Chinese Painting from the Arthur M. Sackler Collection in NY and Princeton," December 8, 1973–February 3, 1974.
Cleveland Museum of Art. "Studies in Connoisseurship: Chinese Painting from the Arthur M. Sackler Collection in NY and Princeton," July 10, 1974–September 2, 1974.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Studies in Connoisseurship: Chinese Painting from the Arthur M. Sackler Collection in NY and Princeton," September 15, 1974–November 3, 1974.
University of Edinburgh, Scotland. "Edinburgh Festival," August 1, 1984–September 15, 1984.
Cambridge. Fitzwilliam Museum. "Chinese Paintings from the Arthur M. Sackler Collection," April 15, 1986–June 29, 1986.
New York. China Institute in America. "The Life of a Patron: Zhou Lianggong and the Painters of 17th Century China," October 19, 1996–December 21, 1996.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Traditional Scholarly Values at the End of the Qing Dynasty: The Collection of Weng Tonghe (1830–1904)," June 30–January 3, 1999.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The World of Scholars' Rocks: Gardens, Studios, and Paintings," February 1–August 20, 2000.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Dreams of Yellow Mountain: Landscapes of Survival in Seventeenth-Century China," September 13, 2003–February 22, 2004.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Art of the Chinese Album," September 6, 2014–March 29, 2015.
Suzuki Kei 鈴木敬, ed. Chûgoku kaiga sogo zuroku: Daiikan, Amerika-Kanada Hen 中國繪畫總合圖錄: 第一卷 アメリカ - カナダ 編 (Comprehensive illustrated catalog of Chinese paintings: vol. 1 American and Canadian collections) Tokyo: University of Tokyo Press, 1982, p. 16, cat. no. A1-087.
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