Arts Everyday Living: Art of China’s Final Imperial Dynasty–Portrait of the Dowager Empress

Giuseppe Castiglione? Portrait of Xiaosheng, Empress Dowager, Sixtieth Birthday, Detail, 1751, hanging scroll, color on silk, The Palace Museum, Beijing, China

Italian artist and priest Giuseppe Castiglione (1688-1766) may have also created this portrait of the mother of the Qianlong Emperor (1711-1799)—a masterpiece combining vibrant color with an unforgettable display of intricate patterns and rich textures.

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