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When Your Boss Is the Emperor and Your Absenteeism Becomes Art

The delightful tale of ‘The Night Revels of Han Xizai’

WikiCommons: Night Revels of Han Xizai by Gu Hongzhong (Red arrows added to indicate Han Xizai)

One of the best stories in Chinese art involves an emperor in the mid-10th century and one of his employees who wasn’t acting up to snuff.

As Shanghai Daily explains it, Li Yu (AD 937–978) of the Tang Dynasty was dissatisfied with Han Xizai, a…




There are a treasure trove of stories about art and the people who make it. This publication invites writers to delve into the lives of artists and the tales behind some of the world’s great art.

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