low rolling mountains at top; figures with boats and on peninsulas of land at center; buildings at bottom with figures on porches and in interiors; two men wearing furs on a boat at bottom center; muted colors; bare trees around buildings

Winter at Villa on the River, 12th-14th century

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2016 Accession Highlight

Datable to at least as early as the 14th century, this painting is among many Chinese artworks featuring winter scenery. The theme was often a metaphor for fortitude, strength, and the merits of solitude. Painters used a technique known as daoyuan, in which the snow-laden landscape forms were indicated by the bare white silk, while the surrounding background was painted with ink wash. Using this technique, artists were able to create wintery scenes of great tranquility and quietude.

In recent years, Mia’s collection of Chinese painting has grown rapidly. However, it lacks early masterpieces from the Song and Yuan period, making this scroll a significant addition to the collection.

low rolling mountains at top; figures with boats and on peninsulas of land at center; buildings at bottom with figures on porches and in interiors; two men wearing furs on a boat at bottom center; muted colors; bare trees around buildings