Through some 90 works drawn from its own collection, the Metropolitan Museum of Art explores the relationship between painting and poetry in China. Paintings, calligraphy and decorative arts reveal how artists have responded to and adapated the work of poets from antiquity to the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911). Highlights include the Odes of the State of Bin, a set of 12th-century hand scrolls illustrated by Ma Hezhi with calligraphy attributed to the emperor Gaozong – a work that presents songs from Bin (modern Shensi province), the ancient homeland of the Zhou dynasty. Also on show is Portrait of a Gentleman Gathering Chrysanthemums (1790) by Hua Guan, which belongs to a popular genre of portraits depicting their sitters in scenes from the poetry of Tao Yuanming (365–427). Find out more from the Met’s website.
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