Painting in National Palace Museum, Ming dynasty part1
Welcome to the National Palace Museum's collection of paintings from the Ming dynasty! Here you can explore some of the most beautiful and iconic works of art from this period. We have Picking Lotuses by Tang Yin, Waiting for the Ferry on an Autumn River by Qiu Ying, Four Immortals Paying Homage to Longevity, Crossing a Bridge over a Stream by Dai Jin, The Three Friends and a Hundred Birds by Bian Wenjin, Fishing in Reclusion Among Mountains and Streams, Departure Herald, Return Clearing, Lofty Mount Lu by Shen Chou and Old Trees by a Cold Waterfall by Wen Cheng-ming. These works are all masterpieces that will provide you with a glimpse into the culture and history of the Ming dynasty. Come take a look at these incredible artifacts today!
1. Picking Lotuses
Tang Yin was a painter who lived in Wu County, Jiangsu province during the Ming dynasty. He was known for his talent in calligraphy, painting, poetry, and prose. This painting, which he completed in his 51st year, depicts a summer morning on a lotus-covered lake.
2. Waiting for the Ferry on an Autumn River
Qiu Ying (style name Shifu, sobriquet Shizhou) was a painter who lived in Suzhou. He studied under Zhou Chen (1460-1535) and became skilled at painting landscapes and figures.
3. Four Immortals Paying Homage to Longevity
This painting is from the Ming dynasty and depicts four immortals of Buddhist and Daoist origin. The four figures are standing on waves and looking up at the "Old Immortal of the South Pole," the God of Longevity, who is approaching on the back of a crane.
4. Crossing a Bridge over a Stream
Dai Jin was a painter from the Ming dynasty who developed the style of landscape painting known as the Zhe School. His work influenced many later painters and he is considered the patriarch of this school. This particular painting shows a raging river with rocks in it, and a cliff in the background.
5. The Three Friends and a Hundred Birds
Bian Wenjin was an important bird-and-flower painter who was active during the early Ming dynasty at the Yongle and Xuande courts.
6. Fishing in Reclusion Among Mountains and Streams
This painting depicts pine trees, red maples, and yellow leaves against a waterfall and flowing stream with thatched cottage and water kiosk buildings scattered among rocky banks.
7. Departure Herald
In this handscroll painting, we see an imperial procession making its way to the imperial tombs to pay respects. The procession starts from the Te-sheng ("Victory") Gate of the Peking city wall, and along the way, the shops and the appearance of ceremonial guards are depicted.
8. Return Clearing
Departure Herald is a handscroll depicting a great imperial procession making its way to pay respects at the imperial tombs. The procession is departing from the Te-sheng ("Victory") Gate of the Peking city wall.
9. Lofty Mount Lu
Shen Chou was from Ch'ang-chou, Kiangsu province and was good at writing poems, essays, and doing calligraphy and painting. He finished this piece when he was 40 years old in 1467.