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Artists these days tend to stick to one medium. Poets in one corner, painters in another, and digital artists in another group altogether. But in the booming days of China’s Ming dynasty, the “Three Perfections” of poetry, painting, and calligraphy were praised and those who excelled at all three techniques were considered masters. The latest exhibition at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, “Painting With Words,” focuses on intricate ink drawings and elaborate scrolls created from the 14th to the 17th century. Culled from the museum’s extensive collection of work from the Wu School, the show not only showcases the exquisite technique that has been maintained over centuries, it also explains how this art related to all aspects of Chinese life. Among the highlights of the exhibition is “The Beauties of Shu River,” attributed to Qiu Ying and pictured above, a delicate study of a valley in blues and greens. The exhibition is on view daily, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., to July 24, at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Free. (202) 633-4880. asia.si.edu.