Spring Morning in the Han Palace is the most famous masterpiece by Ming Dynasty painter Qiu Ying (ca. 1494-1552). This handscroll was made on a 13.5 x 186.8-inch piece of silk and details 114 people.
Qiu Ying is one of the four most famous painters of the Ming Dynasty. His painting recaptures the scene of an early spring morning in the imperial Han Courtyard where imperial ladies spent their time in varying activities, while the surrounding details give vivid life to the Han Dynasty of 2,000 years ago.
Let us follow the painter via Spring Morning in the Han Palace. Step by step, Qiu Ying leads us out of the early morning mist through the gate. Enjoy touring the palace courtyard yourself as this masterwork brings the Han Palace to life once again.
The early morning mist is like fine gauze, like a dream. (Image: via The Epoch Times)
Suddenly, the palace wall appears. See the extended green tile roof. A double door gate is open. How nice and quiet. The air is so fresh, what a beautiful morning! (Image: via The Epoch Times)
Guards are patrolling along the wall. They pause to converse while the willow tree is swaying gently in the wind. (Image: via The Epoch Times)
A pair of white birds flies by. The green roof tiles extending to the horizon create a quiet and peaceful atmosphere, and the courtyard is spacious and tidy. (Image: via The Epoch Times)
Look at the beautiful peacocks. They are waiting for treats. (Image: via The Epoch Times)
The ladies are all so busy. See them picking flowers, dancing in pairs, and playing music, while someone is still trying to make her hair pretty. (Image: via The Epoch Times)
‘Battle of the Plants’ (鬥草) is one of the most popular childhood games in ancient times. Let’s see who has the strongest plant. (Image via The Epoch Times)
The Imperial ladies dance along with the music. (Image: via The Epoch Times)
In the nursery, the babies are having so much fun while the ladies are busy with their delicate embroidering and with ironing the silk. (Image: via The Epoch Times)
Some are playing go. Let’s be patient and watch to see who’s winning! (Image: via The Epoch Times)
Reading with a good friend is definitely a fun thing to do. (Image: via The Epoch Times)
Practicing musical instruments was a requirement for well-bred ladies in ancient times. (Image: via The Epoch Times)
The Imperial painter is busy too. Perhaps the portrait is being prepared for an important event. (Image: via The Epoch Times)
Translated by Fu Ming Gao
Edited by Melody Zhen
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