DescriptionGiuseppe Catiglione was a native of Italy. At the age of 19 he entered the Jesuit order as a novitiate and studied oil painting and architecture. In 1715, at 27 years of age, he was sent to China. Taking the Chinese name Lang Shih-ning, he served as a court painter from the Kang-hsi era (1662–1722) to the Ch'ien-lung era (1736–1795). He excelled at painting figures and birds-and-flowers, especially dogs and horses. In his painting style, he introduced Western modes of chiaroscuro and perspective into the Chinese art tradition. He also used Western materials in painting. As a result, his works are characterized by rich colors and realistic appearances. This painting is one of the ten hanging scrolls depicting imperial hounds, the one here named "Ju-huang-pao (Yellow Panther). "In the Ch'ing court, ministers and officers presented famous hunting dogs to the emperor, and Lang Shih-ning was commissioned to paint a portrait of each of the "Ten Outstanding Hunting Dogs. "Ju-huang-pao was presented by the Manchu official San Ho. In a scene of pawlonia trees and pomegranate flowers, the hunting dog hesitates slightly on a mountain path, raising his head and looking backwards, while above a magpie lowers its head and cries noisily. The dog's coat is gorgeous, and his appearance most lifelike.
SpecificationsThe picture has gone through high resolution image processing and professional color management, and been printed on the high-quality art paper to reproduce the original warm texture and delicate colors.
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