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“An Expression of the Poetic Self”: Yuefeng Wu on the Stele Inscription of the Jiu-Cheng Palace

Detail of Ou-yang Xun, Jiu-Cheng Palace Stele Inscription, 632 (early Tang dynasty)

The Jiu-Cheng Palace Stele inscription, created in China in 632, during the early Tang dynasty, is an influential work of Chinese calligraphy that embodies a skillful balance between liminality and tranquil harmony. 

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Recorded on June 8, 2021. 

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Jiu-Cheng Palace Stele, 632 (early Tang dynasty) 



Detail of Ou-yang Xun, Jiu-Cheng Palace Stele Inscription, 632 (early Tang dynasty)   



Detail of “xia” character from Ou-yang Xun, Jiu-Cheng Palace Stele Inscription, 632 (early Tang dynasty) 


Yuefeng Wu

Yuefeng Wu is a graduate student in the Williams Graduate Program in the History of Art whose research focuses on the cultures and societies of early modern Europe. Formerly a student of Italian art and literature while an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, his research has touched on sixteenth-century artist biography and art theory, as well as Tuscan lyric, festival theatre, and the graphic arts. Also a pupil of Chinese painting, calligraphy, and seal engraving, he is currently investigating the antiquarian imagination of Greek monumental sculpture in a Jesuit geography book published in seventeenth-century Beijing.