water bodies and seaways wind through seaside villages and around island oasis; throughout fishermen and birds speckle the water with activity

Misty River and Layered Peaks, Wanli period, 1608

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The handscroll opens with a conventional panorama of riverbanks with trees, houses, bridges, and figures set among an ample stretch of water. Across the river, the rolling hills open into a vista that curves to the left, as if drifting between sky and water. The artist’s pictorial vision presents the scene as more nonreligious than sacred. The imagery is concrete, yet in subtle ways it evokes the transcendent realm.

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Title
Misty River and Layered Peaks
Artist Life
active 1630s
Role
Artist
Accession Number
97.125
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water bodies and seaways wind through seaside villages and around island oasis; throughout fishermen and birds speckle the water with activity