Heart Sutra and calligraphy: "Heart Sutra" written by Zhou Tianqiu in the Ming Dynasty

       Zhou Tianqiu (1514-1595) was a calligrapher and painter of the Ming Dynasty. The courtesy name is Gongxia, the nickname is Youhai, the first is Huanhai, and the nickname is Liuzhi Jushi. All lives. A native of Taicang, Jiangsu. He was good at freehand orchid painting, studied calligraphy under Wen Zhengming, and was good at large and small seal scripts, Li, Xing, and regular script. Wen Zhengming praised him: "One day I will be the author of Zhou Shengye." In his later years, he was able to find his own way, and he achieved great monuments. Jie, there is nothing he can do without his help.

        Famous for his poetry and paintings. He also works on flowers and is good at painting orchids. He adopts the style of Zheng Sixiao, an expert in orchid painting in the Song Dynasty. "Records of Paintings of the Ming Dynasty" says: "Molan was lost after Zhao Songxue (Meng Fu), but the celestial sphere has its unique beauty."

"Heart Sutra" by Zhou Tianqiu, paper, 130.1 cm in length and 31.5 cm in width. Collection of Shanghai Museum.

        This axis is Zhou Tianqiu's running script of the "Heart Sutra". It has well-connected energy channels, stable and precise workmanship, thick and graceful, warm and vigorous. It's called a classic.