Yang Guifei Leaving the Bath

Yang Guifei Leaving the Bath

楊貴妃出浴圖

1700s

Hanging scroll, ink, colors and gold on silk

Painting only: 96.5 x 44.1 cm (38 x 17 3/8 in.); Overall with knobs: 231.8 x 73 cm (91 1/4 x 28 3/4 in.)

Gift of The MCH Foundation 2017.65

Description

This painting relates to the legendary love story between Tang dynasty (AD 618906) emperor Xuanzong and his consort, the beautiful Yang Guifei. Yang’s nude body can be seen through the transparent red robe as she leaves the bath. Her servant offers her a bowl of soup; cross-dressed as a male scholar, her earrings reveal that the attendant is in fact a girl.

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