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Three extant versions of white lotus society picture

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This appendix section concerns issues derived from three important copied versions of Li Gonglin's White Lotus Society Picture in Chinese museums: the Liaoning Provincial Museum, the Nanjing Museum, and the Shanghai Museum. The Liaoning painting was copied by Li's nephew Zhang Ji. Both the Nanjing and Shanghai paintings are mounted with a transcription of Li Chongyuan's Record of Lotus Society Picture. This scenario requires further investigation into the original format of the particular painting created in 1081 for Li Chongyuan. The section considers the styles and dating of these three works, then argue that even though the Shanghai painting is dated earlier, the Nanjing painting preserves Li Gonglin's 1081 composition and iconography. In analyzing these three paintings and two Records of Lotus Society Pictureby Li Chongyuan and Le Desu the author argues that over three decades of depicting this topic Li Gonglin followed a consistent iconography.

Keywords: Li Chongyuan; Li Gonglin; Nanjing painting; White Lotus Society Picture; Zhang Ji



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