|Object Title||Ming Huang's Journey to Shu|
|Current Location:||Out on loan|
|Date Made:||14th Century - 15th Century|
|Iconography:||Ming Huang's Journey to Shu|
|Credit Line:||Purchased from M. Knoedler & Company, 1916|
|Other Number||GETZ 51 - Other Number|
This painting depicts a romantic tragedy involving the Tang Emperor Xuanzong (685 - 762 CE), also known by his posthumous name Minghuang, who fell in love with a beautiful concubine named Yang Guifei. Yang Gufei brought about the temporary fall of the Tang Dynasty through her involvement with a Turkic general named An Lushan in 757 CE.
An Lushan led a revolt against the Tang Empire, forcing the emperor to flee the capital to Shu, today Sichuan Province. The soldiers who accompanied Xuanzong blamed Yang Guifei for the rebellion and forced the Emperor to execute her en route.
Depicted here is the journey to Shu, winding through the slender, jagged mountains on foot and horseback. Although the painting is from the Ming Dynasty, the strong blue and green colors are characteristic of the earlier Tang Dynasty style. Formerly attributed to Li Zhadao 李昭道 (flourished early 8th century). Formerly in the collection of John Calvin Ferguson (1866 - 1945 CE). The painting has ten seals including ones from the Qianlong Emperor, Xiang Molin, and An Qi.
Current & Past Exhibitions:
|Chinese Rotunda (1968)||View Objects in Exhibition|
|Harrison Chinese Rotunda Inaugural Exhibition ( Feb 1916)||View Objects in Exhibition|
|[Book] Qian, Zhaoming. 1995. Orientalism and Modernism: The Legacy of China in Pound and Williams. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Front Cover and Figure 25, pp. 117-118||View Objects related to this Actual Citation|
|[Article] Lyons, Elizabeth. 1986. Ming Huang's Journey to Shu: The History of a Painting. Expedition: The Magazine of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. 28 (3): 22-28. Actual Citation||View Objects related to this Actual Citation|
|[Article] Soper, Alexander C. 1967. A Ninth Century Landscape Painting in the Japanese Imperial Palace and Some Chinese Parallels. Artibus Asiae. 29 (4) Actual Citation||View Objects related to this Actual Citation|
|[Book] Horne, Lee C. 1985. Introduction to the Collections of The University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 61||View Objects related to this Actual Citation|
|[Book] Ferguson, John C. 1927. Chinese Painting. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: pg. 71||View Objects related to this Actual Citation|
|[Catalogue] Fernald, Helen E. 1922. Handbook of Chinese Paintings in the Collection of the Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 57||View Objects related to this Actual Citation|
|[Catalogue] Getz, John. 1916. The University Museum Exhibition of Oriental Art. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 194 no.51||View Objects related to this Actual Citation|
|[Catalogue] M. Knoedler & Co. 1914. Catalogue of early Chinese paintings of the T'ang, Sung and Yuan dynasties A.D. 600-1400. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: No. 1||View Objects related to this Actual Citation|
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