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Chinese, 12th century, male.

Active at the end of the 12th century.

Painter.

Wanyan Tao was a cousin of the Jin emperor Zhangzong (1190-1208). He was the Duke of Miguo and was known as a scholar, collector and painter.

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Chinese, 16th century, male.

Born 1525, in Jiaxing (Zhejiang); died 1590, or 1602.

Painter.

Xiang Yuanbian was a well-known expert and collector. He also painted landscapes in the style of the Yuan masters, as well as plum blossom, orchids, bamboos and stones.

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Chinese, 15th century, male.

Born 1423, in Jiashan, now Ningbo (Zhejiang); died 1495.

Painter, calligrapher, poet.

Yao Shou was the son of Yao Fu, a collector of calligraphy and paintings. He passed the national triennial examinations with the grade jinshi (accepted scholar) in the reign of Emperor Tanshun (...

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Chinese, 9th century, male.

Born c. 810; died c. 880.

Art critic, art historian, collector.

The scion of an illustrious line of officials, Zhang Yanyuan probably took his first steps as an art historian in his family’s own rich collections. He wrote a monumental work of art history, the ...

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Chinese, 12th century, male.

Born 1168; died 1208.

Painter. Figures.

Zhangzong was a Jin emperor who reigned from 1190 to 1208. He was also a painter, patron and collector.

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Chinese, 12th – 13th century, male.

Active c. 1190 or c. 1230.

Painter.

Zhao Xigu was an erudite artist who wrote the Dong Tian Qing Lu Ji, a guide for aesthetes and antique collectors. The book has 10 chapters, one of which concerns painting. It contains valuable information on the practices of various painters and discusses mounting, the positioning of signatures and seals, and copies and forgeries. His book is still useful, especially when it comes to problems of authentication....