Important Cultural Property

Gentleman Viewing the Moon


Artist Attributed to Ma Yuan
Period China, Southern Song dynasty, 13th century
Materials and techniques Hanging scroll, ink and light colour on silk
Size 57.3×26.5


A scholar clad in white robe and accompanied by a page is gazing at the moon in the sky. Ma Yuan, the supposed artist, was a representative artist of the Southern Song Imperial Academy of Painting and he was most active during the Guangzong and Ningzong periods (1189–1224). Followers of the Ma Yuan school were famous for their one-sided diagonal composition style, in which motifs are clustered on a lower corner, leaving the rest of the paper unpainted to suggest a vast expanse of space.

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