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Portrait of Zeng Jing (Tseng Ching,1564-1647)

Accession Number
1966/1.111

Title
Portrait of Zeng Jing (Tseng Ching,1564-1647)

Artist(s)
Shi Qu (Shin Ch'ü)

Object Creation Date
1797

Medium & Support
hanging scroll, ink and color on paper

Dimensions
18 1/2 x 9 in. (46.9 x 22.8 cm)

Credit Line
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund

Label copy
Inscriptions of the artist: (At right:) A portrait of Mr. Zeng Pozhen … Copied by Shi Qu in the spring of 1797. (At left:) Mr. Zeng Pozhen was a superb realistic portrait painter …
Two seals of the artist
Colophon, signature, and seal of Fei Danxu (1802–1850), dated 1848
This portrait by the Qing dynasty painter Shi Qu depicts the great Ming dynasty portrait painter Zeng Jing (1564–1647). In his inscription, the artist states that this work of 1797 is a copy after a copy of Zeng’s own self-portrait representing himself as a fragile yet elegant old man, seated before a table of writing instruments and holding a pair of eyeglasses in his hand. The portrait style is understandably closely associated with Zeng Jing; for an example of Zeng's portrait style, see UMMA 1966/1.110)
Fei Danxu, the artist who brushed a colophon (commentary) on this painting, is also represented in UMMA collections: see 1982/2.4.

Physical Description
Inscriptions of the artist: (At right:) A portrait of Mr. Zeng Pozhen … Copied by Shi Qu in the spring of 1797. (At left:) Mr. Zeng Pozhen was a superb realistic portrait painter … Two seals of the artistColophon, signature, and seal of Fei Danxu (1802–1850), dated 1848

Primary Object Classification
Painting

Primary Object Type
hanging scroll

Additional Object Classification(s)
Painting

Collection Area
Asian

Rights
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Keywords
Figures
Portraits
calligraphy
costume (mode of fashion)
costumes

2 Related Resources

Ink and Realisms
(Part of: Artist Associations and Art Movements)
Writing Activity: Exploring Emotions through Portraits
(Part of: Writing + Art Enrichment Activities)

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