Drinking in the Moonlight


late 1100s–early 1200s
(Chinese, c. 1150-after 1255)
Painting: 24.5 x 25 cm (9 5/8 x 9 13/16 in.); Overall: 67.6 x 39.2 cm (26 5/8 x 15 7/16 in.)
Location: not on view
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The gentleman depicted is relaxing with a cup of wine in his hand.


Once the moon rises and the wine is finished, perhaps the reclined tipsy gentleman will return to the stone table, where ink, paper, and brush can be seen. For moon enthusiasts in Hangzhou, there was a site named Yue Yan, or Moon Cliff, behind the imperial precincts on Mount Fenghuang. With its geographical features of receding craggy rocks leading to the framed full moon, there is good reason to believe that the scene depicts this specific site.

The association of this painting with Ma Yuan is stylistically based. However, the brushwork accords more with the aesthetic approach of his son, Ma Lin.
Drinking in the Moonlight

Drinking in the Moonlight

late 1100s–early 1200s

Ma Yuan

(Chinese, c. 1150-after 1255)
China, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279)

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