Poem dedicated to Wen Zhenmeng (1574–1636)
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Hanging scroll; ink on silk
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)
Lent by Guanyuan Shanzhuang Collection
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.