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Zhi and Xu's Pure Conversation

Zhi and Xu's Pure Conversation



Lan Ying 藍瑛

(Chinese, 1585–after 1664)

China, Ming dynasty


Hanging scroll; ink on paper

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.)

Gift of Stephen O. K. Chen 1970.128


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), whose portrait is exhibited nearby

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Chinese Art
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