Li Gonglin

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A painting of court ladies on horseback, a 12th-century remake by Li Gonglin after an 8th-century original by Zhang Xuan.

Li Gonglin (李公麟, 1049–1106), style name Boshi (伯時), art name Longmian Jushi (龍眠居士, Householder of Sleeping Dragon), was a Chinese painter, civil officer and antiquarian in the Northern Song Dynasty.

Born into a scholarly home near what is modern day Lu'an City, Li Gonglin passed the highest level of civil service examinations at 21 and became a civil officer. He became famous for his paintings of horses, then he turned to Buddhism and Taoism religious painting, as well as portrait and landscape painting. His painting style was attributed to the style of Gu Kaizhi and Wu Daozi. He made antiquarian contributions in the areas of copperware and Jade Seal dated between the Xia Dynasty and the Zhou Dynasty.[1]

Li Gonglin, Mountain Villa, copy in the National Palace Museum, Taipei.


  1. ^ Harrist, Robert E. (1995). "The Artist as Antiquarian: Li Gonglin and His Study of Early Chinese Art". Artibus Asiae. 55 (3/4): 237–280. doi:10.2307/3249751. JSTOR 3249751.

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