Zhi and Xu's Pure Conversation



Lan Ying 藍瑛

(Chinese, 1585–after 1664)
Painting: 141 x 56 cm (55 1/2 x 22 1/16 in.); Overall with knobs: 246 x 80 cm (96 7/8 x 31 1/2 in.)
Location: not on view
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This painting serves as an analogy of the friendship between artist and monk.


Lan Ying’s painting is a gift to his friend, the Chan monk Wuyun, in which he depicted two sages of the Six Dynasties period: the Buddhist monk Zhidun (314–366 CE), and the Daoist priest Xu Xun (265–420 CE). Meant to be understood as an analogy of the friendship between artist and monk, the painting also offered a retreat into the past, a year before the fall of the Ming dynasty.

A professional painter born in Hangzhou, Lan Ying is traditionally considered a last representative of the Zhe school. Lan wrote poetic inscriptions and interacted with the literatus Chen Jiru (1558–1639).
Zhi and Xu's Pure Conversation

Zhi and Xu's Pure Conversation


Lan Ying

(Chinese, 1585–after 1664)
China, Ming dynasty (1368–1644)

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