This exhibition presents ten masterpieces of early Ming dynasty court painting executed in the 15th and early 16th centuries in the Forbidden City, in addition to a selection of related Zhe School paintings, all from the permanent collection of the Shanghai Museum.
These paintings are of a type that is generally poorly represented in American museum collections, as the prevailing taste in collecting over the past century has been for literati (scholar-amateur) paintings. The exhibition explores the role of imperial patronage of Ming dynasty painters, paintings as political propaganda, and the revival of earlier Song dynasty (11th-13th century) painting styles for political purposes.
This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and made possible by
Additional funding was provided by the American Friends of the Shanghai Museum.
Hammer Building, Level 2