The Met Hosts Exhibit on 17th Century Chinese Landscape Paintings

"Dreams of Yellow Mountain: Landscapes of Survival in Seventeenth-Century China" will be open at the Galleries for Chinese Painting and Calligraphy at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City from September 13, 2003, through January 25, 2004. This exhibition focuses on landscape paintings created by "leftover subjects" of the Ming dynasty living in and around the former Ming capital of Nanjing during the early years of the Manchu Qing dynasty (1644-1911).

For these loyalist artists, images of landscape, often inspired by Yellow Mountain (Mount Huang), symbolized survival, resistance, and reclusion in response to alien rule.

Featuring 50 works drawn from both the Museum's permanent holdings and private collections, this exhibition will be the most comprehensive presentation of such landscapes ever mounted in the United States.