Illustration to the Second Prose Poem on the Red Cliff

Full Title: 
後赤壁賦; Illustration to the Second Prose Poem on the Red Cliff
calligraphy; painting
29.53 cm (height) x 560.39 cm (width)

During his exile, Su Shi and his friends in 1082 visited the site of the historical battlefield Chi bi 赤壁 (red cliff) and composed the First Rhapsody of the Red Cliff. In the tenth month of the same year, he visited the site again and composed the Second Rhapsody of the Red Cliff. The two pieces of literature gain great appreciations from scholars ever since. The present scroll by Qiao Zhongchang, the student and/or nephew of the great Northern Song figure painter Li Gonglin, is an extended illustration of Su Shi’s second rhapsody. The text is inscribed in kaishu (regular script) and functions as separations of the illustration. The work is recorded in the Qing dynasty imperial painting catalog, Shiqu baoji 石渠寶笈.

Repository Accession Number: 
Description Source: 
Guo li gu gong bo wu yuan. Da guan : Bei Song shu hua te zhan (Grand view : special exhibition of Northern Sung painting and calligraphy) . Taipei: Guoli gugong bowuyuan, 2007.
Scrolls Project ID: 
219 937