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Zhao Lingrang

Robert J. Maeda

in Oxford Art Online


Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gao/9781884446054.article.T093424

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[ Chao Ling-jang ; zi Danian, Ta-nien ]

( fl c. 1070–c. 1100).

Chinese painter . He was a fifth-generation descendant of Emperor Taizu (reg 960–76), founder of the Song dynasty (960–1279). Although such official titles as Regional Defense Commandant were bestowed on Zhao, his chief preoccupation seems to have been painting. His noble status allowed him a life of luxury and learning, but restricted his movements to the environs of the capital city, Bianliang (modern Kaifeng), Henan Province. Song critics saw this lack of physical freedom as bearing upon his narrow range of landscape subjects, mainly small, intimate views (xiao jing) of misty river landscapes. Though Zhao also painted small ink-bamboo subjects after his eminent contemporary Su Shi, it was through landscape painting that he gained his reputation and made his mark on the lyrical style of the Southern Song period (1127–1279).

Zhao was a student of Tang ( ad 618–907) painting, especially the work of ...

Reference Entry.  847 words. 

Subjects: Painting ; East Asian Art

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