Journey to Shu Explore this object Maker(s): Traditionally attributed to Qiu Ying 仇英 (ca. 1494–1552), Calligraphy by Wen Zhengming 文徵明 (1470–1559) Date: Ming dynasty, ca. 1500–1699 Dynasty: Ming dynasty (1368–1644) Dimensions: 21 5/8 x 72 1/8 in Object Types: Painting Themes: Language and Stories, Animals and Nature The handscroll Journey to Shu(shoo) a region in southwest China, modern-day Sichuan province. depicts the tragic end of the famous love story between Emperor Xuanzong(shoo-en dzong) (685–762) and his concubinea woman who lives with a man but has lower status than his wife or wives. Yang Guifei(yahng gway fay) literally, “Imperial Consort Yang”; beloved consort of Emperor Xuanzong of the Tang dynasty.. Traditionally attributed to the artist Qiu Ying(chee-oh ying) (ca. 1494–1552), this painting is modeled on another much older version of the same theme, which, like this work, portrayed the flight of Emperor Xuanzong to Shu (modern-day Sichuan(sih choo-ahn)) in 756 during the An Lushan(ahn loo-shahn) Chinese general and leader of a rebellion that began in 755, unsuccessfully attempting to overthrow Tang dynasty ruler Xuanzong and declare himself an emperor. rebellion. Unravel the story map below and learn more!