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.


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.


(You already know this is a spoiler)

Seung Nyang’s mother, her father, her friends, her son, her first love, and NOW HIM TOO?!

Edit: Taltal as well.

And that scene was the first time either of them had ever said the words “I love you” to each other.

So much for that happy ending.

"Listening to the Qin" by Emperor Huizong (徽宗)

Style: Gongbi

Accompanied by "Gao Shan Liu Shui (High Mountain, Flowing Water)" by Bo Ya

["All the birds have flown up and gone;
    A lonely cloud floats leisurely by.
    We never tire of looking at each other -
    Only the mountain and I.” - Li Bai (李白), Alone Looking at the Mountain)