Portrait of An Qi



Wang Hui 王翬

(Chinese, 1632–1717)

Tu Luo 涂洛

(Chinese, active c. 1715)

Yang Jin 楊晉

(Chinese, 1644–1728)
Image: 122 x 53.6 cm (48 1/16 x 21 1/8 in.); Overall: 259.7 x 80.1 cm (102 1/4 x 31 9/16 in.)
Location: not on view
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Seven of An Qi's close friends wrote poetic inscriptions on the silk brocade mount around his portrait.


An Qi, the subject of the portrait, was a second-generation salt merchant from Korea. He used part of his wealth to collect art. At the time this painting was commissioned, An was less than 40 years old. He is represented as a Daoist recluse in nature, informally dressed with attributes such as books and a wrapped guqin instrument, a portrait convention for literati-scholars since the Six Dynasties period (220–589 CE). The local Taihu rock, banana plants, and crane suggest a southern garden and a life in seclusion. An’s portrait is evidence of merchants aspiring to the scholar-official class.

According to the inscription, this painting was the joint effort of three men, the eldest and most famous 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.
Portrait of An Qi

Portrait of An Qi


Wang Hui, Tu Luo, Yang Jin

(Chinese, 1632–1717), (Chinese, active c. 1715), (Chinese, 1644–1728)
China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911)

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