In this year’s 2020, the second decade from the turn of the century in Beijing the Capital of China also the People’s Republic of China, in which is also the year of the rat, marking its six hundred years anniversary of the Forbidden city that marks the transitional point of in between the middle of the Ming Dynasty (1368- 1644) transitionally from Nanjing to Beijing towards the Qing Dynasty (1636-1644-1911) …. The Imperial Palace seen so many countless seasonally transitional equinoxes but further its six hundred years is iconic, but it’s five hundred ninety nine years it marks it Autumn Equinox…. In which it only took twelve years to build the same of the Daming Palace of The Tang Dynasty Xian Imperial Capital only it was least twenty times larger……

From September 1st to October 30th 2020, 千古风流人物#-A special exhibition of paintings and calligraphy on the theme of Su Shi from the Palace Museum is on display in Wenhua Hall. ……This time the Palace Museum held an exhibition with cultural relics as a carrier to show Su Shi’s artistic attainments and personality style. This is the first time that Su Shi is a well-known writer and artist in ancient my country. Because of its elegant life taste and open-minded attitude towards life, it exudes a unique personality charm. His art, thoughts and even the taste of life have had a profound impact on later generations, and he himself has become a highly admired model of literati.

Su Shi 蘇軾 / 苏轼;8 January 1037 – 24 August 1101), courtesy name Zizhan (子瞻), art name Dongpo 東坡was a Chinese calligrapher, gastronome, painter, pharmacologist, poet, politician, and writer of the Song dynasty. A major personality of the Song era, Su was an important figure in Song Dynasty politics, aligning himself with Sima Guang and others, against the New Policy party led by Wang Anshi.

Su Shi is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished figures in classical Chinese literature, having produced some of the most well-known poems, lyrics, prose, and essays. Su Shi was famed as an essayist, and his prose writings lucidly contribute to the understanding of topics such as 11th-century Chinese travel literature or detailed information on the contemporary Chinese iron industry. His poetry has a long history of popularity and influence in China, Japan, and other areas in the near vicinity……

Su Shi’s pursuit of life aesthetics has had a profound impact on later generations of literati. His elegant life style and open-minded attitude towards life have made Su Shi a model respected and admired by scholars in the past. His life was ups and downs, legendary, and left a lot of anecdotes. Due to the admiration of Su Shi by later generations, many anecdotes have also been attached to Su Shi. Scholars and doctors in the Northern Song Dynasty were popular in tasting antiques, and Su Shi and his friends Wang Xu, Li Gonglin, Mi Fu and company…. was all famous for their appreciation of ancient times. When the wind of antique appreciation resumed in the late Ming Dynasty, there appeared a kind of paintings with the theme of “Dongpo Pingu”. Qiu Ying’s “Dongpo Pingutu” opened one of his “Character Story Atlas”. The picture depicts a scene of three scribes tasting antique calligraphy and painting together in the courtyard. One of them has a dress similar to that of Su Shi. The title of the painting may be “Dongpo Pingu”

What happens when I meet the Forbidden City on Mid-Autumn Festival …? …The “three autumn and nine months, mid-autumn and eight months”. The fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month is exactly the midpoint of the seven, eight, and nine months of autumn. At this time, the sky is high and the clouds are light, the water plants are lush, the fruits are ripe, and the bright moon in the night reflects the Chinese people’s interest in the Mid-autumn Festival With special feelings and sentiments, the moon has naturally become the eternal theme of the Mid-Autumn Festival.

苏轼对于生活美学的追求,对后世的文人产生了极为深远的影响。其高雅的生活品味与豁达的人生态度,使苏轼成为了历代文人雅士所崇敬和追慕的典范。他的一生跌宕起伏,富有传奇色彩,也留下了大量的逸闻趣事。由于后人对苏轼的仰慕,很多逸事也被附会在苏轼身上。北宋时期的文人士大夫盛行品鉴古玩,苏轼及其友人王诜、李公麟、米芾等都以鉴古知名。当古玩鉴赏之风在晚明复炽之时,便出现了一种以“东坡品古”为题材的绘画作品。仇英《东坡品古图》为其《人物故事图》册之一开,画面描绘了三位文士在庭院中一同品鉴古玩字画的场景,其中一人的衣冠状貌与苏轼相近,据此推测其画题或为“东坡品古”

【当中秋节遇见紫禁城会怎样?】所谓“三秋九月,中秋八月之中”。农历八月十五恰是秋季七、八、九三个月的中点,此时天高云淡,水草丰美,瓜果成熟,夜色中的一轮明月更是映出了中国人对中秋节特殊的感情和情思,月亮自然成为是中秋永恒的主题。

Imagines credit are of the Forbidden city –Imperial Palace –Beijing – China- People’s Republic of China

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