Painting with Words: Gentleman Artists of the Ming Dynasty


April 16, 2016 to April 30, 2016 All Day

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560, United States

Painting with Words: Gentleman Artists of the Ming Dynasty
April 16?July 24, 2016

Poetry, painting, and calligraphy: Known as the ?Three Perfections,? these genres were regarded as the ultimate expressions of Chinese literati culture during the Ming dynasty (1369?1644). Members of the Wu School, centered on the affluent city of Suzhou and nearby towns, earned admiration for their interpretations of these art forms. Painting with Words celebrates Wu School works, examining the relationships among their imagery, brushstrokes, and, especially, words. Selections are drawn from the Freer|Sackler?home to one of the best Wu School collections in the country?as well as other museums and collections.
We are grateful for support of this exhibition from the Elizabeth Candida Ridout Endowment, the Ellen Bayard Weedon Foundation, and Susan and Michael Pillsbury.
Other generous supporters include Mr. and Mrs. Shao F. and Cheryl L. Wang, Bruce and Yoke San Reynolds, Nancy and John Mannes, Ruth Kurzbauer in memory of her husband Dr. Marcus Jacobson, Cecilia Chin, Robert Stockho, Christine Freidel and Doug Varley, and Kathryn L. Stevens.