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Two magpies

Painting, 1061

Description of the artwork «Two magpies»

The painting was painted in 1061, so many people assume that it is connected with events in the life of the Song princess Yango (1037-1070). She was the eldest daughter of Emperor Zhao Zhen (temple name Song Ren-zong, 1010-1063). Unsuccessful marriage is metaphorically conveyed in the painting.
For a long time, nothing was known about the picture. The canvas passed from one family to another, it was considered nameless. Once, on a black tree table, they saw inconspicuous hieroglyphs that said that the painting was called "Two Magpies" and belonged to Cui Bai's brush.
This painting had a profound influence on the work of many subsequent generations of Chinese artists who painted birds and flowers.
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Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Allegorical scene

Materials: Paper

Date of creation: 1061

Location: China