This article takes up the topic of shiyi hua 詩意畫 (lyrical pictures) and introduces notable examples of the genre produced by ink painters and woodblock-print artists from the Ming era. It explores the links between the poetic text and its related image and argues that lyrical picture artists achieved varying degrees of success in adapting poems into pictures. While some were able to capture the emotional experience contained in the poem, most lyrical pictures are merely descriptive illustrations of the poetic text.

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