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The Wangchuan Villa  1250

by Anonymous

This painting depicts the private estate of Wang Wei (c. 699–761), a government statesman renowned as a poet, painter, calligrapher, and musician. Wang periodically retired to this countryside villa, which he described in a painting and in a poem of 20 quatrains. Although Wang’s original pictorial composition is not preserved, this early reinterpretation depicts the scenic...
26.3 × 554 cm (216 × 10 1/4 in.)
Handscroll; ink on silk
Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago