Hanging scroll, ink and color on silk
Image: 172.8 x 55.7 cm (68 1/16 x 21 15/16 in.); Overall: 293.9 x 71 cm (115 11/16 x 27 15/16 in.); with knobs: 293.9 x 79 cm (115 11/16 x 31 1/8 in.)
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1961.89
This extraordinary painting by Chen Hongshou depicts the story of Xuanwen Jun, or Lady of Literary Propagation, at a venerable age, instructing young scholars on the Confucian classics. It was painted for Chen's aunt on the occasion of her 60th birthday.
Chen's painting style is archaic in the use of fine outlines and brilliant coloring with mineral pigments. In depicting the figures, he uses the "iron-wire" brush idioms (fine, even lines) with deliberate control. The faces are attenuated and exaggerated; the demeanors restrained by a sense of propriety. A few ritual bronzes lend the scene an antique flavor.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.
Is something not working on this page? Please email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.