Watching the Fish from a Rocky Outcrop

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    Father Matteo Ripa was an Italian missionary who worked as an artist at the Qing imperial court. He introduced the technique of copperplate engraving to China for pictorial representations and maps. ‘The Mountain Villa to Escape the Heat’ (Bishu shanzhuang) was the name given by the Kangxi emperor to a summer palace complex at Rehe (Jehol), now Chengde in Hebei province. This imperial resort, located north-east of Beijing beyond the Great Wall, included palace buildings and temples set in a park surrounded by hills. In 1711, before his sixtieth birthday in 1713, the Kangxi emperor composed poems on his favourite thirty-six scenic views of the palace complex and ordered the court artist Shen Yu to paint them. Two sets of prints were produced after the paintings, one in woodcut, the other by Ripa in copperplate engraving and were combined with imperial poems and other text. The engraved views are generally more detailed than the woodcut versions, as seen for example in the treatment of the skies and water expanses. The British Museum’s album does not include the poems and other texts, although most of the prints are inscribed (below the image), probably by Ripa himself, in Chinese transliteration and in Italian.

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    Artist: Matteo Ripa
    Details: Watching the Fish from a Rocky Outcrop, from a set of imperially commissioned views of the Mountain Villa to Escape the Heat, copperplate engraving, Kangxi period, c.1711-13, China.

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