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Calligraphy Masterpiece Orchid Pavilion Preface by Wang Xizhi

Calligraphy Masterpiece Orchid Pavilion Preface by Wang Xizhi

The Lantingji Xu (simplified Chiense: 兰亭集序; traditional Chinese: 蘭亭集序; pinyin: Lántíngjí Xù; literally: 'Preface to the Poems Collected from the Orchid Pavilion') or Lanting Xu, is a piece of Chinese calligraphy work generally considered to be written by the well-known calligrapher Wang Xizhi (303 – 361) from the East Jin Dynasty (317 – 420).

The first part of Orchid Pavilion Preface

The Second part of Orchid Pavilion Preface

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Intro to Masters Zhao Ji

Intro to Masters Zhao Ji

     Emperor Huizong (宋徽宗, 1082–1135), was the eighth and one of the most famous emperors of the Song dynasty, with a personal life spent amidst luxury, sophistication and art but ending in tragedy. Born as Zhao Ji (趙佶), he was the 11th son of Emperor Shenzong. In February 1100 his older half-brother Emperor Zhezong (哲宗) died without a surviving son, and Huizong succeeded him the next day as emperor,...

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Intro to Masters Wang Xun

Intro to Masters Wang Xun

Wang Xun (王珣, 349–400) was a Chinese calligrapher of the Jin dynasty (265–420). Coming from the prominent Wang family, he was Wang Xizhi (王羲之)’s nephew, Wang Xianzhi (王献之)’s cousin.

Wang Xun’s most famous work is A letter to Boyuan, named as one of the Three Treasures of Calligraphy (三希) by the Qianlong Emperor.

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Intro to Masters Zhu Yunming

Intro to Masters Zhu Yunming

Zhu Yunming (祝允明, 1460–1527) was a scholar and calligrapher of the Ming dynasty. His courtesy name was Xizhe (希哲) and his pseudonym was Zhishan (枝山) or Zhizhi Shanren (枝指山人), which came from the fact that his right hand had an extra finger. He is often referred to as Zhu Zhishan (祝枝山).

Born into an illustrious Suzhou family, Zhu Yunming was commended in the provincial examinations, the second stage of the...

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Intro to Masters Wen Zhengming

Intro to Masters Wen Zhengming

Wen Zhengming (文徵明, 1470–1559) was a leading Ming dynasty painter, calligrapher and scholar. He is regarded as one of the painting elite – “the Four Masters of Ming” (明四家), which also includes Shen Zhou, Tang Yin and Qiu Ying. Together with his contemporaries Tang Yin, Zhu Yunming (祝允明, 1460-1526) and Xu Zhenqing (徐禎卿, 1479-1511), they are known as the “Four Literary Masters of the Wuzhong (today’s Suzhou)” (吳中四大才子) or “Four Literary Masters of...

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