Masterpieces of Chinese Painting from the Metropolitan Collection
19 Nov 2015
To help celebrate the the 100th anniversary of the Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s renowned Department of Asian Art, an exhibit, that features over 100 works from the permanent collection is on display. The exhibit is in 2 rotations. The first is from October 31, 2015 – April 17, 2016 and the second will begin shortly after and conclude on October 11, 2016. This exhibit highlights the collection’s most notable works of art.
Early works concentrating on the Tang and Song dynasties (960 – 1279) start the exhibit. With this grouping the oldest and most storied piece from the Museum’s collection, Han Gan’s Night Shining White, depicting the favorite horse of Emperor Xuanzong (r. 712 – 756) is featured. Alongside this piece is Palace Banquet, one of the few surviving Chinese paintings from the 10th century, which shows a lavish courtly scene in the women’s quarters of the palace.
One of the most important examples of calligraphy from the Song dynasty, measuring over 60 feet in length is, Biographies of Lian Po and Lin Xiangru, by Huang Tingjian (1045 – 1105) can be seen across from one of the only surviving works by the Northern Song master who was recognized as the courts greatest painter of figures: Classic Filial Piety, by Li Gonglin (ca. 1041 – 1106)
The well-known Horse and Groom by Zhao Mengfu is on display from the Yuan dynasty (1271 – 1368), when China was ruled by the Mongols. Other works from this period are Zhang Yucai’s dragon painting, Beneficent Rain, and masterpieces by two heroes of the literati painting movement, Ni Zan and Wu Zhen.
Works from the Ming dynasty (1368 – 1644) featured in this exhibition include Elegant Gathering in the Apricot Garden, a beautiful 15-century painting that captures the elegance of early Ming literati culture. Viewers can also see examples of the intense vibrancy of the figure painting tradition during this period.
The last gallery in this exhibition is devoted to the Qing dynasty (1644 – 1911). Here you can see two massive scrolls that document the inspection tours of the southern part of the empire taken by two emperors, Kangxi (r. 1662 – 1722) and Qinalong (r. 1736 – 1795). The scrolls fill an entire wall more than 50 feet long and provides a rare opportunity to see them side by side.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection of Chinese painting and calligraphy is one of the greatest and most comprehensive in the world. This exhibition is a unique treat for viewers and showcases what Museum’s discerning Department of Asian Art has amassed over the last 40 years.
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