Chinese Calligraphy Artworks and Masters – Yan Zhen Qing (顏真卿/Yen Chen Ch’ing): Master Calligrapher and Politician

 

A Brief Biography of Yan Zhen Qing (顏真卿/Yen Chen Ch’ing)

As the Tang dynasty wore on, a figure arose who would redefine calligraphy, challenging even Wang Xi Zhi as the pre-eminent calligrapher. Yan Zhen Qing (709-785 CE) is sometimes known as the ‘second prophet’ of calligraphy. This status, just slightly behind Wang Xi Zhi, is more likely due to his later historical period than to any quantifiable difference in skill.

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