Painting in National Palace Museum, Song dynasty part3
Welcome to the National Palace Museum's collection of paintings from the Song dynasty! Here you will find some of the most beautiful and unique works of art from this time period. We have Remote View of Streams and Hills by Hsia Kuei, Paised Egrets on a Snowy Bank by Ma Yuan, Evening Outing by Torchlight by Ma Lin, Scholar by an unknown artist, Immortal in Splashed Ink by Liang K'ai, Kuan-yin of a Thousand Arms and Eyes by an unknown artist, and Ancient Temple Concealed in Seclusion by Chia Shih-ku. These works of art are sure to captivate your imagination and provide you with a glimpse into the past. Come explore these incredible artifacts today!
1. Remote View of Streams and Hills
Hsia Kuei was a painter who worked for the Southern Sung court. He was often compared to another famous painter from the same time period, Ma Yuan.
2. Paised Egrets on a Snowy Bank
Ma Yuan was a painter who came from a family that originally lived in Ho-chung, Shansi. His family later moved to Hangchow, which is the capital of the Southern Sung.
3. Evening Outing by Torchlight
Ma Lin was born into a family of painters from Ho-chung, Shansi. The family moved to Ch'ien-t'ang (Hangchow) when Ma Lin was young.
In this painting, a scholar is shown seated on a lounge bed. He is deep in thought, and holds a brush in his hand. It looks like he is taking a break from his studies or is about to write something. His servant is next to him, pouring wine.
5. Immortal in Splashed Ink
Liang K'ai was a painter who excelled at painting figures, landscapes, Buddhist and Taoist subjects, as well as spirits and deities. He learned painting from Chia Shih-ku, but he was able to paint better than his teacher.
6. Kuan-yin of a Thousand Arms and Eyes
Kuan-yin is a bodhisattva, which is a Buddhist figure who represents mercy and compassion. The painting shows a different representation of Kuan-yin than what is typically seen, with one head and two arms. This painting is an important masterpiece of Southern Sung Buddhist painting.
7. Ancient temple concealed in seclusion
Chia Shih-ku served in the Imperial Painting Academy during the Shaohsing reign. Not much is known about him, but he was good at painting Buddhist and Taoist figures in a style similar to Li Kung-lin.