Xian: Myths of the Beauties, Yang Guifei I (2015)
Colour photograph (Giclée) by Viet Ha Tran


  • Colour photograph (Giclée), Paper
  • From a limited edition of 5
  • Size: 48.03 × 70.08 × 0.04 in (unframed) / 44.09 × 66.14 in (actual image size)
  • This artwork is sold unframed
  • Signed and numbered certificate of authenticity

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Artist's description:

This artwork has been published on the Italian Vogue online photography website.

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 Yang Guifei (AD 713-756) whose beauty brought down a dynasty. Guifei was said to have “a face that would shame any flower.” Her loveliness was such that she is known up to the present day as one of the Four Beauties, women from ancient China legendary for their looks and the influence they exerted over emperors and kings who have fallen for their charms.

Yang Guifei was famous for the great love story with the Tang Emperor and often mentioned in ancient Chinese and Japanese literature. She was a beautiful concubine of the great last Tang emperor in China. Yang Guifei was always described as an extraordinary beauty in Chinese history. After her death, she represented as the deity of the peony. In Chinese culture, the peony represents elegant beauty, nobility, and prosperity. It is much loved by the Chinese people and is considered the national flower of China.

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 and processing of these images took me and my team 9 months.



MEDIUM EDITION: 72 cm * 108 cm - 7 copies
LARGE EDITION: 87.8 cm * 131.7 cm - 5 copies
XL EDITION: 112 cm * 168 cm - 5 copies
MUSEUM EDITION: 141.4 cm * 212 cm - 3 copies + 2 APS (Artist Proofs)

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/Hahnemuhle fine art 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.

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