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National Palace Museum

Spring Dawn in the Han Palace
Qiu Ying (ca. 1494-1552), Ming dynasty (in Chinese)

  • Chief Editor: Liu Fang-Ju, Hsieh Chen-Hung and Hsu Wen-Mei
  • ISBN: 978-957-562-716-4
  • Price: NT$350
  • Binding: softcover
At the beginning of the scroll is Xiang Yuanbian's (1525-1590) accession character "lu" from the "Thousand Character Essay," while at the end of the scroll is a written note by Xiang giving the value of the painting as "200 gold." This suggested that Qiu Ying did this masterpiece for Xiang Yuanbian and that it was probably completed in Qiu's later years. This work takes as its background a palace setting during the Han dynasty on a fine spring morning; it depicts all types of activities in the ladies' quarters. The composition throughout the handscroll is complex and the brushwork pure yet strong with beautifully elegant colors. Trees and gardens are interspersed among the opulent palace buildings, presenting a magnificent scene as if in a realm of immortals. In addition to groups of beauties, they are also shown engaged in various leisurely activities associated with literati, such as the zither, Go, painting, and calligraphy. Along with scenes of appreciating antiquities and flower arranging, this work represents the spectacular effort made by Qiu Ying in narrating history.
Spring Dawn in the Han Palace<br/>Qiu Ying (ca. 1494-1552), Ming dynasty
Spring Dawn in the Han Palace<br/>Qiu Ying (ca. 1494-1552), Ming dynasty