Wen Cheng-ming (1470-1559) was a native of Ch'ang-chou (Soochow). His original name was Pi,
and his style name was Chengming, by which he is later known. Another style name was
Cheng-chung. His sobriquets are Heng-shan and T'ing-yun-sheng. He was a celebrated
calligrapher together with Chu Yun-ming, and predominated his time with his preeminence
in the three arts of poetry, calligraphy and painting. This work, produced when he was
eighty-two, is a masterpiece in small standard script that is dignified and solemn. His
high spirits and vitality even at old age is peerless.
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