Sunday, May 8, 2011

Tang Yin

Lady Holding a Silk Fan in Autumn Wind
77.1cm x 39.3cm
Ming Dynasty
Shanghai Museum

Tang Yin (1470-1523)
Chinese scholar, painter, and poet of the Ming Dynasty.
He is one of the most notable painters in Chinese art history, the painting elite “the Four Masters of Ming Dynasty”.
Tang is also a talented poet.

One day, Tang Yin was traveling when he encountered Qiu Xiang, a servant girl of a minister.
Stunned at her beauty, Tang Yin racked his brains for a way to win her heart.
He disguised himself as a beggar and infiltrated the minister's official residence as a servant and a reading partner.
In the end, he finally won the heart of the beauty with his talent and wisdom.