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Li Bai, overcome with wine, is writing a poem for the Emperor Xuan-Zong (copy)
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Chinese art is noted with subject matters testifying the prominent position held by scholars, poets and artists in the society and in the eyes of prevailing authorities. this subject is also raised in the album leaft from the Museum's collection, attributed to Qiu Ying, who was a master of painting on laquer at first, turned to pictorial art of diverse style later, and now is recognized as one of the greatest artists of China. Qiu Ying created an image of the great poet Li Bai (701-762) whose works are listed among the trasures of Chinese literature, while numerous historic and legendary accounts portray him as a model Chinese erudite scholar. Poetry, short stories, and novels tell how he, failing the imperial examination and holding no office, was invited to the emperor's court. The chronicles mention that the Emperor Xuan-zong (reigned in 712-756) ordered Li Bai to compose verses praising the beauty of his favourite and haughly concubine yang Gui-fei (guifei means "precious concubine"). Some versions of fictionalised biography of Li Bai tell that he was called to translate the message from the ruler of Bohai, which the learned scholars from the Emperor's academy failed to understand, and to compose a return letter. Sometimes Li Bai is portrayed drunk in one or another of these instances, which is quite ordinary for the mode of life of Chinese literatu in recluse. Here he is shown together with Yang Gui-fei attending him with an ink-stone and rubbin ink, the Emperor's Privy Counsellor divesting him of his boots, while Xuan-zong had reclined in the chair.

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Type
Painting 
Materials
ink and colors on silk 
Measurements
27 х 27,8 cm 
Creator name
Qiu Ying 
Creator date
1494? 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 16th century ~ AD 16th century 
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Copyright
The State Museum of Oriental Art 
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Museum
The State Museum of Oriental Art 
Credit line
The State Museum of Oriental Art 

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