Subject:Re: Help with an inscription
Posted By: John R Thu, Nov 16, 2017
Thank you, I. Nagy and rat.
I appreciate your help,
All 8 of the horses appear in Castiglione's painting.
Castiglione's 100 Horses were not from his imagination, but were copied from existing
"Emperor Yung-Cheng requested Castiglione, who had proved his talents as a
painter, to execute" ... "a scroll depicting a hundred horses. Castiglione, who was well
acquainted with Chinese tastes, represented the animals rolling on the ground,
gambolling, and frolicking two by two in the fresh, calm atmosphere of the countryside,
just as he had seen them in the paintings suggested to him as models.”
[Giusseppe Castiglione: A Jesuit Painter at the Court of the Chinese Emperors
Cecile and Michel Beurdely 1971].
The differences between Castiglione's version of the
8 horses are very interesting. In the case of the 2
horse groups he has changed the placid attitude into
an aggressive behavior. In the case of the downward
walking horse Castiglione has positioned him on flat
land. I am attaching some more images.