Wu Daozi


Wu Daozi

Wu Daozi or Wu Tao-tzu (zh-tspw|t=吳道子|s=吴道子|p=Wú Dàozǐ|w=Wu Tao-tzu; 680-740) was a Chinese artist of the Tang Dynasty, famous for initiating new myths in his artwork.

The myth follows the creation by Wu Daozi of a mural commissioned by Emperor Xuanzong of Tang China. The mural on the wall of the palace was a rich nature scene set in a valley, containing a stunning array of flora and fauna.

Wu Daozi had gone further and painted a door on the side of a mountain. The story goes that he clapped his hands and entered the door, inviting the Emperor to come and see - sadly the door shut and he was lost forever.

(This tale inspired one of the "Nouvelles orientales" by Marguerite Yourcenar, "Comment Wang-Fô fut sauvé".)

Bibliography

* Sven Lindqvist, "The Myth of Wu Tao-tzu" (1967)

ee also

*Chinese mythology


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