Painting with Words: Gentleman Artists of the Ming Dynasty

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 (1368–1644). 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 as well as other museums and collections.

This exhibition is through July 24, 2016 at the Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Read more: Shen Zhou, Wen Zhengming, Tang Yin, Qiu Ying, Ming Dynasty Painting