Qing dynasty

The Manchu ruled during the final imperial dynasty of China, a time of foreign influence and challenge.

1644–1912 C.E.

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Hua Yan, <em>Pheasant, Bamboo and Chrysanthemum</em>
Hua Yan, Pheasant, Bamboo and Chrysanthemum

Color and brushwork create a golden pheasant in this Qing dynasty hanging scroll

Wang Shimin, <em>Cloud Capped Mountains and Misty Riverside</em>
Wang Shimin, Cloud Capped Mountains and Misty Riverside

Wang Shimin reimagines the past in this Qing dynasty landscape

Zhao Zhiqian, <em>Flowers Album</em>
Zhao Zhiqian, Flowers Album

Peonies, plum blossoms, radishes, and cabbages are all depicted in these calligraphic ink paintings

Wang Shishen, Garden scene album leaves
Wang Shishen, Garden scene album leaves

These garden scenes are examples of how professional artists in Qing-dynasty China made a living

Ren Xiong, <em>Self-Portrait</em>
Ren Xiong, Self-Portrait

Ren Xiong's captivating self-portrait tells us a great deal about the principles of Chinese painting, the roles of self-portraiture and portraiture, and the canon of Chinese art.

Gong Xian, Eight Views of Landscape
Gong Xian, Eight Views of Landscape

An artist who used landscape as a way to process the fall of the Ming Dynasty and the beginning of the Qing Dynasty.

Portraits of Shi Wenying and Lady Guan
Portraits of Shi Wenying and Lady Guan

Ancestor portraits are typically commissioned by the family members of the deceased ancestors

Summer <em>chaofu</em> (formal court dress) for a top-rank prince
Summer chaofu (formal court dress) for a top-rank prince

China has captivated the world for thousands of years with its skill and creativity in working with silk.

Landscape: tea sipping under willows
Landscape: tea sipping under willows

Tea drinking has been an essential part of Chinese culture for centuries

Imperial Workshop and Giuseppe Castiglione, <em>The Qianlong Emperor as Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Wisdom</em>
Imperial Workshop and Giuseppe Castiglione, The Qianlong Emperor as Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Wisdom

This painting belongs to a small group of eight similar, imperially commissioned works that depict the Qianlong Emperor as the bodhisattva Manjushri

Lacquer box decorated with images of Spring and longevity
Lacquer box decorated with images of Spring and longevity

It must have been incredibly time consuming and expensive to make this box, the design of which, with its bright colors and three-dimensional imagery, is exceptionally vibrant.

Vase of bottle shape with “garlic” mouth
Vase of bottle shape with “garlic” mouth

The fine quality of the porcelain and delicate painting details both suggest that the vase was made for and used by the imperial court in China

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