Scholar Playing the Guqin (琴士圖)
Tang Yin (唐寅,1470–1524), Ming Dynasty (1368–1644)
Handscroll, ink and light color on paper, 29.2 x 197.5 cm, National Palace Museum, Taipei
In this handscroll a scholar sits and plays the qin among rocks, pines, and water with books, an inkstone, bronzes and curios around him in an elegant scholarly manner. A gurgling stream also seems to accompany the music. The musician is Yang Jijing (楊季靜), a native of Wu. Known for his talent with the qin, Tang Yin painted him twice, this work being one of them.
This painting is a good example of Tang Yin’s work at its most refined—scholarly in content, yet highly professional in technique.