The Wangchuan Villa

Full Title: 
輞川圖; The Wangchuan Villa
Culture: 
Materials: 
Ink on silk
Techniques: 
painting
Dimensions: 
26.3 cm (height) x 554 cm (length)
Notes: 
The painting depicts the country estate of Wang Wei, located in the Zhongnan mountains southwest of the Tang capital of Chang'an (modern Xi'an). The original painting, now lost, illustrated twenty short poems by Wang, describing different parts of the estate. The Art Institute's painting is distinguished in being one of the earliest of many copies of the original work, and bears a spurious signature of Li Gonglin (c. 1049-1106). The scroll depicts the various sites of the Wangchuan Villa estate as parts of a continuous landscape, unlike the majority of surviving copies, which are more typically divided into discrete space cells, with each site labeled in the painting.
Inscriptions: 
Spurious signature of Li Gonglin (Chinese, c. 1049-1106)
Repository Accession Number: 
1950.1369
Description Source: 
Art Institute of Chicago; www.artic.edu/aic
Scrolls Project ID: 
7 140 361