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Regular Script - Copy and Practice Zhao Ziang's Danba Tablet VCD

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Regular Script: Copy and Practice Zhao Ziang's Danba Tablet
- Coping and Practicing Calligraphy of Past Dynasties Series
Instructor: Ni Wendong
Language: Mandarin Chinese
Published by Beijing Zhonglutongfang Audio-Visual Publishing House, 2005
Media: VCD
ISBN: 7880106944

The regular script or standard script, or in Chinese kaishu, also commonly known as standard regular, is the newest of the Chinese calligraphy styles (appearing by the Cao Wei dynasty ca. 200 CE and maturing stylistically around the 7th century), hence most common in modern writings and publications (after the non-calligraphic printing Song Ti). It is also occasionally known as true script (zhenshu) and standard script (zhengshu), formal script. It is simpler in structure and square in shape. To be specific, it has more standardized horizontal and vertical. The integral feature of regular script is neatness and orderliness, for which it is widely used and favored today. Regular script became popular in the period of Six Dynasties, and entered prosperity and boom in Tang Dynasty. Yang Zhenqing, Liu Gongquan, and Ouyang Xun were famous calligraphers of Tang Dynasty. Together with Zhao Mengfu in Yuan Dynasty, they were honored together "Four Masters of Calligraphy" in Chinese history. Their works include Yanqin Rite Tablet and Record of Damagu Divine Altar of Yan’s style featuring sturdiness; Mysterious Pagoda and Stele of Wonderful Strategies of Liu’s style featuring strength and power; Danba Tablet, Miaoyan Temple Tablet, and Scripture on the Pagoda of Huadu Temple of Meng’s style featuring elegance and slenderness.

Zhao Mengfu (1254-1322) was a calligrapher of the Yuan Dynasty, a native of Zhejiang. He was a descendent of the Song imperial family, but served the conquering Yuan. At the age of 63, Zhao was ordered by the emperor to write the Danba Stone Tablet, in regular script. The height of Danba Stone Tablet is 33.6 cm, the width is 166 cm, which is now stored in the Palace Museum in Beijing. The brushwork of the stone tablet is typical of the Zhao style. Its strokes are slender, mellow and beautiful, in rigid standard with vim and vigor. His penmanship is graceful but vigorous with bony strokes at the start and end of each movement.

Instructor Ni Wendong, Calligraphic Professor of Arts and Media College, Beijing Normal University.


赵孟頫楷书帝师胆巴碑卷,纵33.6厘米,横166厘米,纸本。书于延佑三年(1316年)。卷后有清姚元之、杨砚、李鸿裔、潘祖荫、王懿荣等人跋。钤有清许乃普等人收藏。《东图玄览》《清河秘箧表》《南阳名画表》《式古堂书画汇考》等书著录。现藏故宫博物院。 此碑是赵孟頫奉元仁宗敕命撰写的,时年六十三岁,为赵氏晚年碑书的代表作。





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