Bada Shanren (1626–1705) was born a Ming prince before Manchu forces conquered the empire. He spent three decades as a Buddhist monk, then suffered a nervous breakdown and left the priesthood. After recovering, he became a professional artist, producing some of the most daring and idiosyncratic works in all of Chinese art. See his unique visual vocabulary in Enigmas
, now on view in the Freer—and share them with a free e-card.