Poem Zeng Zhu Jinquan in running script

Hanging scroll
Ming Dynasty
180×98.3 cm

Wen Zhengming (1470-1559) was a famous Ming Dynasty painter and calligrapher. His original given name was Bi with the alternative name Hengshan. Because people called him Zhengming commonly, he changed his name to Zhengzhong. Born in the present-day Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, Wen called himself Hengshan Jushi. He was a man of great attainments in several calligraphic styles and famous for the synthetic calligraphy. Wen’s calligraphy was fluent, forceful and natural . When old, he imitated the sharp and aggressive style of Huang Tingjian. This work imitated Huang Tingjian’s big characters.