calligraphy

 
Calligrapher
Dynasty
Qing dynasty
Materials
ink on silk. fan painting.
Mark Descriptions
sig: Zhang Zhao Seal: Zhang Zhao
Credit line
Gift of the Alliance of the Indianapolis Museum of Art
Accession number
73.61.49
Collection
Not Currently On View

蘇軾

金陵艾宣畫翎毛花竹,為近歲之冠。既老,筆跡尤奇,雖不復精勻,而氣格不凡。今尚在,然眼昏不能複運筆矣。

Su Shi, also known as Su Dongbo, was not only a great poet of the Song dynasty, but he also became a revered calligrapher, painter and theoretician. His comments about painting helped form the basis of what is called "literati painting" or "Southern School" of painting. 

Commentary on paintings became a literary genre, and here Su writes about his near contemporary Ai Xuan's animal and flower paintings, praising him as the "crown of his day."

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