Sunday, July 25, 2021

Ming Dynasty garden studio

A lovely little snippet from Smarthistory, a river landscape by master painter Shen Zhou (1427 - 1509) called A Spring Gathering (detail above) which is owned by the Smithsonian in Washington DC. More details at the link about the artist and the work, but this is the section that caught our eye:

Artists during the Ming Dynsaty (1368–1644) often honored their patrons by portraying them in a garden studio, thus commenting on the owner’s character and aesthetic taste. The painting here should not be taken as a realistic depiction of either Hua Fang or his property. Rather, Shen was suggesting Hua as a cultivated host in a well-designed, natural-looking garden.



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