Chinese Ancient Four Beauties---Yang Yuhuan | Ancient Chinese Culture

Chinese Ancient Four Beauties—Yang Yuhuan


Yang Yuhuan ( A.D.713 — A.D.756), also known as Yang Guifei(with Guifei being the highest rank for imperial consorts at her time), was one of the Four Beauties in ancient China. She was the beloved consort of the Tang emperor Xuanzong. She was executed because the enraged imperial bodyguard troops were convinced that the Rebellion of Anshi was ultimately the fault of the Yang family.

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She died, but her beauty is everlasting.

Her hair was whirly like clouds,
And visage glamorous like flowers.
With strings of pearls and jade, her gold hairpin graced,
Jingling music followed every step she paced.

—From the poem Ode of Everlasting Woes

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  1. #1 by Edward on September 19, 2009 - 9:35 pm

    Good post. Do you know who the artists were that did these paintings?

  2. #2 by sharon on September 21, 2009 - 6:58 am

    Dear, thanks for your visit. Sorry, I did a research but could not find the names of the artists. If you like this style of painting, I suggest you do a search for Chinese traditional paintings. There are many painted by famous artists. Maybe you’ll like it.

  3. #3 by Edward on September 22, 2009 - 9:41 am

    Thanks, Sharon. Appreciate the response. I’m interested in different representations of Yang Yuhuan in different times in history and by different individuals. I’ll keep looking.

  4. #4 by sharon on September 23, 2009 - 9:07 am

    You’re welcome!
    http://www.chinancient.com/apricot-blossom-yang-guifei/ Here are two more pics for her. Good luck!

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