Empresses of China's Forbidden City, 1644-1912
The book, which accompanies a 2018/9 exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum and the Freer|Sackler, provides a fascinating look at the life and times of empresses in the Qing dynasty Empresses in the Qing dynasty (1644-1912) played an influential role in the imperial court and the cosmopolitan culture of their time. Offering compelling insights into the material culture, activities, and living spaces of Qing empresses, this lavishly illustrated book features over one hundred spectacular works of art from the Palace Museum in Beijing--including large-scale portraits, court robes, and richly decorated Buddhist sutras--that bring the splendour of the Qing court to life. A series of insightful essays examines the fascinating ways that key imperial women engaged with art, religion, and politics.
This unprecedented exploration of the Qing court from the perspective of its royal women is an important new contribution to our understanding of Chinese art and history.
Due for publication in mid September and available for pre-order.
- Author: Daisy Yiyou Wang, Curator of Chinese and East Asian Art at the Peabody Essex Museum
- Hardcover: 264 pages | 220 colour and black and white illustrations
- Date published: September 2018
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-0300237085
- Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 24.1 cm