A Study Of the West Villa in Jiajing Era in Relation to Xia Yian West Villa Poems (Gao Mingyi)

2018-05-02

A Study of the West Villa in Jiajing Era in Relation to Xia Yian West Villa Poems

Gao Mingyi

 

                Xia Yian was regareded as a talented Prime Minister by Wang Shizhen in terms of his calligraphy skills that attract the collector's attention. Sadly, his calligraphy artwork was not largely passed to next generation as he unfortunately stepped down following a failure of political wresting with Yan Song. West Villa Poems in Running Script, Jinmotang Calligraphy Research Foundation's collection, were written by 1534 ,a bit later than Wen Zhenming's another poem of West Villa. Compared to both poems, we can assume that West Villa played a vital role not only as an royal garden, but also a place for worship where emperor Jiajing indulge himself in Taoism.

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