(Chinese, 1487-after 1567)
Hanging scroll, ink and light color on paper
Painting: 243.1 x 90 cm (95 11/16 x 35 7/16 in.); Overall with knobs: 295.6 x 115 cm (116 3/8 x 45 1/4 in.)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1968.213
This large painting was likely created for a wealthy or powerful family's grand hall to impress their visitors.
The underlying notion of human existence in harmony with nature can be found in many traditional Chinese paintings. The mystical forces of the universe are manifested by the grandeur of the landscapes in which the human presence is humble. Here, the depiction of the perilous journey to the Three Gorges still reminds us of the all-powerful forces of nature unconquerable by man.
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