Song Di

  • Born: c. 1015
  • Died: c. 1080
  • Chinese: (Sòng Dí)

Song Di was a Song Dynasty scholar-official and painter, credited with establishing a particular set of themes or motifs which later became the singular standard set of "Eight Views of the Xiao and Xiang Rivers," an extremely popular and long-standing theme for painters and poets throughout East Asia.

Sadly, none of Song Di's paintings are known to survive.


  • Alfreda Murck. Poetry and Painting in Song China: The Subtle Art of Dissent. Harvard University Asia Center, 2002. p. 71.
  • Valerie Malenfer Ortiz. Dreaming the Southern Song Landscape: The Power of Illusion in Chinese Painting. Leiden: Brill Publishing, 1999. pp. 64-65, 76.