Portrait of An Qi

Portrait of An Qi



Wang Hui 王翬

(Chinese, 1632-1717)

Tu Luo 涂洛

(Chinese, active about 1715)

Yang Jin 楊晉

(Chinese, 1644-1728)

Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper

Image: 121.8 x 53.5 cm (47 15/16 x 21 1/16 in.); Overall: 259.7 x 89.5 cm (102 1/4 x 35 1/4 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1971.17


Did you know?

Seven of An Qi's close friends wrote poetic inscriptions on the silk brocade around his portrait.


An Qi, the subject of the portrait, was a second-generation salt merchant from Korea. He used part of his tremendous wealth to collect art. At the time this painting was commissioned, An Qi was less than forty years old. He is represented as a Daoist recluse, a portrait convention for literati-scholars: Dressed in informal attire, he sits upon a leopard skin, accompanied by his scrolls, a wrapped qin or zither, and a servant. The crane motif enforces the image of a life in seclusion. An Qi’s portrait is evidence that the merchant class in fact aspired to be perceived as part of the scholar-official class in both life-style and social-status.

According to the inscription, this painting was the joint effort of three men, the eldest and most famous among whom was Wang Hui. While the garden setting is homogenous in style, it contrasts with the application of opaque pigments and shading employed for the depiction of An Qi’s face.

See also

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@clevelandart.org.

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar. If you have questions about requesting an image, please email imageservices@clevelandart.org.