Landscape with a Distant Temple

Landscape with a Distant Temple

遠寺山水圖

1600s

Hanging scroll; ink on paper

Overall: 195.6 x 57.2 cm (77 x 22 1/2 in.); Painting only: 107.7 x 45 cm (42 3/8 x 17 11/16 in.)

The Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 1979.52

Fun Fact

This painter emulated the style of Sesshū Tōyō (1420–1506) a Japanese artist who traveled to China to study painting.

Description

A traveler has presumably descended from the distant temple compound that consists of several buildings linked together by a winding trail lined with steps. The highest point in the compound is occupied by the most sacred structure in Buddhist temple architecture: a mulitroofed pagoda. This rugged landscape, with its towering craggy peaks, pine forests, and river, typifies the idealized image of religious sanctuary in East Asian medieval ink painting.

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