“Show and Tell: Stories in Chinese Painting,” which is on view through August 6, explores various ways in which Chinese artists have gone beyond illustration to convey multiple layers of meaning. Displaying works from the 12th century to the present, this exhibition introduces three distinct modes of pictorial storytelling: multipart illustrations presented in long handscrolls, often punctuated with passages of text; single iconic scenes that evoke an entire story; and generic landscapes or flower-and-bird paintings that acquire narrative significance through the artist’s inscription. Leaves a–d by Chen Hongshou (Chinese, 1599–1652) and leaves e–k by Chen Zi (Chinese, 1634–1711). 明/清 陳洪綬、陳字 雜畫 冊 絹本 Figures, flowers, and landscapes, one leaf dated 1627 #TheMet #ChinesePaintings #AsianArt
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