Emperor Huizong, Finches and Bamboo, 960-1127 (Song Dynasty), China, ink on silk, 33.7 × 55.4 cm, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York:

Huizong was the eighth emperor of the Song dynasty and the most artistically accomplished of his imperial line. Finches and Bamboo exemplifies the realistic style of flower-and-­bird painting practiced at Huizong’s academy. Whether making a study from nature or illustrating a line of poetry, however, the emperor valued capturing the spirit of a subject over literal representation. Here the minutely observed finches are imbued with the vitality of their living counterparts. Drops of lacquer added to the birds’eyes impart a final lifelike touch.

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An “In Heaven” scenario that popped into my head. I just always thought a conversation about Seung Nyang between these three would be very intriguing.

Evidently I have problems letting go of this drama.

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