Painting with Words

Gentleman Artists of the Ming Dynasty

Apr 16 2016 - Jul 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 creative expressions.

Painting with Words celebrates Wu School works, examining the relationship between 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.

  • Works on Paper
  • Asian
  • Medieval
  • Chinese

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