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River Landscape
14th century

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Creator Name: artist unknown
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Name-CRT: Artist unknown
Title: River Landscape
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1300
Creation End Date: 1399
Creation Date: 14th century
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: Ink on silk
Dimensions: H.10-1/8 x W.64 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 84.82
Credit Line: Gift of Louis W. Hill, Jr.

This subtle and intimate river panorama, like all handscrolls, is meant to be read from right to left. Close inspection will lead the viewer from a country villa along twisted paths, over footbridges to eventually focus on serene, mist-shrouded distant mountains.

Most of the motifs, formal conventions and overall aesthetics of this small scroll relate closely to earlier Sung dynasty landscape paintings of the eleventh and twelfth centuries. Not only does it provide a good deal of information about the monochrome ink style of Sung, it is an excellent example of a type of conservative naturalistic painting that persisted into the fourteenth century, a period better known for individual brushwork and abstraction.

AMICA ID: MIA_.84.82
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: ? The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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