Asian Gallery (Toyokan) Room 8
March 2, 2021 (Tue) - April 11, 2021 (Sun)
At the imperial court of the Ming dynasty (1368–1644), paintings of birds and flowers, animals, human figures, and landscapes were initially produced by painters from Zhejiang and Fujian province, who had inherited the style of Song dynasty (960–1279) court painters. The style of the Ming dynasty court then spread to the countryside, where regional artists developed it into an eccentric new style with eloquent brushwork. The literati referred to these artists as the Zhe School and criticized their unorthodox style.
This exhibition introduces paintings of the Ming dynasty court and the Zhe school, together with related works of calligraphy.