xxxxxPinyin Wu Li was one of a number of talented artists belonging to the early Ch’ing period in China. As a cultured member of the orthodox school of what was termed “literati painting” (wen-
xxxxxHe became a convert to Roman Catholicism, and in 1681 journeyed to Macao Island, where he joined the Jesuit order. He was ordained as a priest seven years later with the name Acunha, and began work as a missionary in Kiangsu. During his work and travels he saw many paintings and prints from Western art, but he kept all his work within the Chinese tradition. As a scholar-
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Wu Li: Spring comes to the Lake – Shanghai Museum of Art, China; Old man walking by a stream (detail) – Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York City, USA; Reading poetry before the yellowing of autumn – Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California, USA; Green Mountains in White Cloud (details) – National Palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan; Boat trip beneath a Buddhist temple – National Palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan.