16th century painting captures essence of serene and leisurely summer

Updated: Jun 25, 2024 Print
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Bamboo and Paulownia in Summer, ink and color on silk, Qiu Ying, from the collection of the Wuhan Museum [Photo/Official WeChat account of the Wuhan Museum]

This painting, Bamboo and Paulownia in Summer, created by Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) artist Qiu Ying (1494-1552), captures the relaxation and tranquility of ancient Chinese people passing summer days.

In the middle ground, lush bamboo and dense trees frame the scene, while verdant mountains loom in the distance. In the bamboo grove, two recluses sit gracefully on stools. In the foreground, a scholar with a long beard reclines against the railing of a waterside pavilion.

As you view this painting, you can almost hear the rustle of bamboo leaves in the wind, bringing a refreshing breeze. Collection: Wuhan Museum.

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