The Artful Recluse: Painting, Poetry, and Politics in 17th-Century China
This exhibition showcases nearly 60 paintings from an era of unrivaled historical drama and artistic achievement in China that spans from the late Ming (ca. 1600–1644) and the early Qing dynasties (1644–ca.1700). By adopting a novel, thematic approach centered on the concept of yin, or reclusion, this presentation brings the viewer deeply into the world of the literati—the educated elite who were at the forefront of historical change and voiced their thoughts and ideals through art.
Created by Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101