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Painting Anime 'Spring Morning in the Han Palace'
Painting Anime 'Spring Morning in the Han Palace'
  • Dates: Permanent Exhibit 2014/09/01~2014/12/31
  • Gallery: Exhibition Area I 102

Exhibit Info

Spring Morning in the Han Palace
Qiu Ying (ca. 1494 - 1552), Ming dynasty
Handscroll, ink and color on silk, 30.6 × 574.1 cm
 
Qiu Ying (ca. 1494 - 1552, style name Shifu, sobriquet Shizhou), was one of the Four Great Masters of the Ming dynasty. This work takes its background as a spring dawn in the Han dynasty palaces. Ladies are depicted in various activities, and the story of Mao Yanshou doing the portrait of Wang Zhaojun is interwoven within. The scenery throughout the work is complex, the brushwork is pure and strong with beautiful and refined coloring. The trees and decorative rocks play off the gorgeous palace architecture, unfolding magnificent scenery not unlike a realm of the immortals. Not only depicting groups of beauties, the painting also incorporates artistic and cultural leisure activities of the zither, chess, painting and calligraphy, as well as appreciating antiquities and cultivating flowers. Thus, it ranks as a masterpiece among Qiu Ying’s historical narrative paintings.
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