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明 黃道周 草書五言詩 軸 絹本
Poem dedicated to Wen Zhenmeng (1574–1636)

Calligrapher:
Huang Daozhou (Chinese, 1585–1646)
Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
undated
Culture:
China
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink on silk
Dimensions:
Image: 68 1/2 × 19 5/8 in. (174 × 49.8 cm) Overall with mounting: 87 3/8 × 26 1/4 in. (221.9 × 66.7 cm) Overall with knobs: 87 3/8 × 29 1/4 in. (221.9 × 74.3 cm)
Classification:
Calligraphy
Credit Line:
Lent by Guanyuan Shanzhuang Collection
Not on view
明 黃道周 草書五言詩 軸 絹本

Around the same time that clerical script was evolving from seal script, an even faster, more informal type of writing was developing alongside it: cursive script. Huang Daozhou was one of the leading exponents of cursive script during the late Ming dynasty (1568–1644). Huang’s brush races, not even pausing to lift between characters, creating cascades of text as it moves down each column. From the time of its birth around 200 B.C., cursive script has been in continuous use in China.