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Regular Script - Copy Tombstone-Record of Zhang Xuan from the Tablet of the Northern Dynasties VCD

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Regular Script: Copy and Practice Tombstone-Record of Zhang Xuan from the Tablet of the Northern Dynasties
- Coping and Practicing Calligraphy of Past Dynasties Series
Instructor: Yu Xiaoyong
Language: Mandarin Chinese
Published by Beijing Zhonglutongfang Audio-Visual Publishing House, 2005
Media: VCD
ISBN: 7880106936

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.

Zhang Xuan was the satrap of Nanyang in Northern Wei. Epitaph for Zhang Xuan was calligraph in regular script dated to 531 AD. The carved stone was one of the famous Northern Dynasties' tablets, being unearthed in the 18thy century, then lost. A rubbing book collected by He Shaoji (a well known calligraphist and poet in Qing) is the only existing copy, which is now stored in the Shanghai Museum.

The calligraphy is very fine. Kaishu characters look flat, unadorned and elegant, like the style of clerical. The beauty of Epitaph for Zhang Xuan has both the grand spirit of north stele and gentle and cultivated charm of south copybook. According to Mr. He, Epitaph for Zhang Xuan syncretized a prime element of seal character into regular script, no work more powerful and fine than this one.

Instructor Yu Xiaoyong, a doctor of letters (calligraphy), works as post-doctor of art in Beijing Normal University.







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