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“Living abroad or returning home is one and the same”
RCH 1167
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Xiao Yuncong has reproduced his travel reminiscences as a continuous and dramatically exaggerated ideal landscape.

History of the Object
According to Chinese thought, the highest principles of the cosmos are revealed in nature, and only through the personal experience of nature can this truth be intuitively grasped. These landscape paintings invite the viewer to embark on an imaginary journey and walk through the depiction of the natural world. For this reason, the pictures offer no coherent spatial depth, but constantly changing perspectives. On this 12-metre-long scroll which would have been rolled out in front of the viewer section by section, the painter Xiao Yuncong (1596-1673) has depicted various landscapes of Anhui Province. Although he has indicated the places with inscriptions, they would be scarcely identifiable in the real landscape.

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Type
Painting 
Materials
Ink and color on silk 
Measurements
Width 13.02 cm. Length 1200 cm.  
Creator name
Xiao Yuncong 
Creator date
1596-1673 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 17th century ~ AD 17th century 
Creation date
17th Century; 1665; Qing Dynasty 
Function
Hand Scroll 
Acquisition
Collection Charles A. Drenowatz (until 1972) 
Copyright
Museum Rietberg Zürich 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Museum Rietberg Zürich 
Museum
Museum Rietberg 
Credit line
Museum Rietberg Zürich, Gift Charles A. Drenowatz 

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