|Gen Shiryou 厳子陵|
|KEY WORD : art history / paintings|
| Ch: Yan
Ziling. A scholar-recluse of the later Han period, who was a childhood friend
of Emperor Guangwu (Jp: Koubu 光武, AD 4-57). When Emperor Guangwu ascended
the throne, he invited Yan to court. Yan refused, preferring a quiet life
of fishing. A variant of the story claims that Yan did serve briefly at
court, only to quickly return to his life of solitude. The theme, which
underscores the virtue of reclusion over participation in corrupt politics,
is similar to the story of Taigongwang (Jp: *Taikoubou
太公望). Yan Ziling is sometimes depicted meeting Guangwu at court, but more
typically is shown fishing from a riverbank. Notable Japanese paintings
include screens by Kanou Eitoku 狩野永徳 (1543-90; Tenzuiji 天瑞寺), Kaihou Yuushou
海北友松 (1533-1615; Myoushinji 妙心寺, Kyoto), and Kanou Sanraku 狩野山楽 (1559-1635;
Myoushinji) and Kanou Sansetsu 狩野山雪 (1589?- 1651; Kenninji 建仁寺, Kyoto).
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