MUSEUM EDITION: "Xian: Myths of the Beauties, Diao Chan" (2015)
Colour photograph (Giclée) by Viet Ha Tran


  • Colour photograph (Giclée), Paper
  • From a limited edition of 3
  • Size: 64.45 × 56.18 × 0.04 in (unframed) / 60.51 × 52.24 in (actual image size)
  • This artwork is sold unframed
  • Signed and numbered certificate of authenticity

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Artist's description:

Artwork published on VOGUE ITALIA:


The project "XIAN - Myths of the Beauties" was inspired by the Four Great Beauties of ancient China who changed the history of the four different dynasties in ancient times: Diao Chan, Yang Guifei, Wang Zhaojun, and Xishi. These Four Great Beauties were renowned for their unparalleled beauty which they used to exercise influence over kings and warriors.

This photograph depicts the beauty of Diao Chan whose beauty was described as: “Beauty which outshines the moon and shames the flowers“. Diao Chan was one of the Four Beauties of ancient China. Unlike the other three beauties, there is no known evidence suggesting her existence, she is mostly a fictional character. Diaochan is best known for her role in Luo Guanzhong's historical novel "Romance of the Three Kingdoms", which romanticises the events in the late Eastern Han dynasty and the Three Kingdoms period. In the novel, she had a romance with the warrior Lü Bu. This legend embodies in an exaggerated way her beautiful appearance in the eyes of the Chinese people.

The muse in this photograph is Maya Murofushi, famous Japanese actress and model, Miss World Supermodel 2010 who just won the Best Actress award at the 37th International Festival of Cinema in Florence for her role in an Italian film.

The whole preparation, production and processing of these images took me and my team 9 months.
The photo is available at the following dimensions and introductory prices:

LARGE EDITION: 5 copies, 79 cm * 91.4 cm - 7 copies
XL EDITION: 3 copies, 105.4 cm * 122 cm - 5 copies
MUSEUM EDITION: 3 copies (plus 2 Artists Proofs): 131.7 cm * 152.4 cm

The artwork/photo is sold UNFRAMED, and will be carefully rolled in a hard tube with many layers of protection for safe international shipping. The kind of tube I usually use for delivery is the black, hard plastic tube that is usually used by artists/architects/painters to carry their drawings so the photos will arrive at perfect status. I work with top printing houses in Madrid & Barcelona, Spain that have extensive experience dealing with art galleries to make sure the art prints are of the highest gallery/museum quality.

Fine art photography 2015. Giclée on Canson Rag Photographique paper, the most premium quality fine art paper which delivers the most accurate and vibrant colors in print as you see onscreen and also gives a touch of classic painting to the photo. This museum fine art paper, under good preservation conditions, will last up to 120 years.

The photo is printed with 5cm white border each side, which makes it easy for putting in frame. Comes with signed & numbered Certificate of Authenticity, to be affixed to the back when framed. Also artist signature in pencil at the back of the photo.

Couple holygram affixed to Certificate of Authenticity and dorso of the printed artwork to further enhance the authenticity of the artwork.

Materials used:

Fine art paper