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Wen Zhengming, Chinese, (1470–1559)
Mounted Scroll of a Mountain Landscape, c. 1522-1559
Paint on Silk
91 3/8 in. x 45 9/16 in. (232.09 cm x 115.73 cm)


Object Type: Painting
Technique: Brushwork
Period: Ming Dynasty (China, 1368-1644)
Credit Line: Gift of Johan Wilhelm Norman Munthe
Accession Number: XX.1.74


Commentary
The old number "L1136/112" is written in pencil on the backing paper. Listed in the Munthe catalog (p.112) as an "Excellent example of Ming academic landscape attributed to Wen Cheng-ming and accurately representing the artist's style. He belongs to the foremost landscapists of the period. Inscription and 3 seals of Wen Cheng-ming." According to the catalog the inscription in the upper right reads: "Through the difficult time with my brush I painted this place as if I were living there. Being understood that this is one of the bad habits of the scholars which I did not get rid of. There is no need to ask Wang Chi how to hide oneself in the hill. I had better bring my box of books to the mountain. By Cheng-ming. This is painted at Wan Tung Tsao Tang at the 8th moon of Jen Wu of Chia Ching."

Marks
There are four lines of calligraphy written in the upper right of the image. The calligraphy is accompanied by three square red ink seals.

Medium
Paint in green and brown tones, and black ink, brushed onto silk, with an off-white silk brocade border.

Object Description
Large mounted vertical scroll of a vast landscape. The landscape consists mainly of steep mountains in the background and trees in the foreground, with simple fences and bridges and two buildings in the mid-ground. There is a figure in one of the buildings, and there are two figures on a path near a body of water in the lower left of the image.

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