Asian Art
Artist: Zhang Hong, Chinese, 1577–ca. 1652

Lofty Pines on Mount Tai

1629

Hanging scroll: ink and color on satin

without mounting: 80 1/16 x 25 7/16 in. (203.3 x 64.6 cm) with mounting: 99 5/8 x 32 11/16 in. (253 x 83 cm) with rollers: 35 3/4 in. (90.8 cm)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Class of 1913, Fund
2000.45.1
Two gentlemen pause on the path in the foreground of this painting, presumably to enjoy a view that includes lush pine trees and a waterfall cascading down the sides of a towering mountain in the background. A small attendant follows them along the path. The inscription written by the artist in the upper right corner indicates that the mountain is Mount Tai, one of the five sacred mountains in China, which is located in Shandong Province in the northeast. Noted for its verdancy, the mountain served as a site for imperial ceremonies for centuries and was often the subject of painting and poetry.
Culture: 
Chinese
Period: 
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Classification: 
Paintings
Geography: 
China
Status: 
On view
Provenance: 

Collection of Eda Yuji, Tokyo

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