Other Calligraphy in National Palace Museum, part2
Welcome to the National Palace Museum's collection of calligraphy from the Song dynasty! Here you can explore a variety of different styles of calligraphy, from Chang Yu's Regulated Verse in Seven Characters to Yang Wei-chen's Poetry on the Wan-chieh Hall. You will also find Shen Du's The Homecoming Ode and Wang Ch'ung's "Wu-i ko" Poems, which are both examples of semi-cursive calligraphy. These pieces are all important works of art that show us how Chinese calligraphy has evolved over time. Come take a look at these incredible artifacts today!
1. Regulated Verse in Seven Characters
Chang Yu was a well-known Taoist who lived during the Yuan dynasty. He moved to Mao-shan at the age of 29, and then gave up his life as a Taoist at 59 to become a Confucian scholar.
2. Poetry on the Baotu Waterfall
Chao Meng-fu was a relative of the Sung imperial family and a native of Hu-chou (modern Wu-hsing, Chekiang). After the fall of the Sung, he served the Yüan dynasty as an official in the Hanlin Academy.
3. Poetry on the Wan-chieh Hall
Yang Wei-chen was a native of Kuei-chi who went by a variety of names, including the style name Lien-fu and sobriquet Tung-wei-tzu.
4. The Homecoming Ode
Shen Du was a native of Huating, which is now modern Shanghai. He was praised by the Ming emperor Chengzu as the "Wang Xizhi of Our Dynasty" for leading the formation of the "Academic Style" of Ming dynasty calligraphy.
5. "Wu-i ko" Poems
Wang Ch'ung was from Soochow and his dad was a merchant. He studied with his brother under Wen Cheng-ming and Ts'ai Yu. This is a handscroll of semi-cursive calligraphy that moves across the paper quickly and smoothly.