University of California, Davis

The Bamboo Clapper of Chang’e: a secularized moon goddess and the cult of “qing” in paintings of Tang Yin

Different from earlier artists, painter Tang Yin (1470-1524) parodied the Chinese moon goddess, Chang’e, as a lower-class courtesan in the mid Ming Dynasty (ca.1425-1590). This paper takes a single Tang Yin painting as a case study with new research, and reveals how Tang manifested the value of qing/sentiment and the period’s new Neo-Confucian philosophy of Wang Yangming (1472-1529) in his art.

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