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Arts Everyday Living: Art of the Last Chinese Dynasty–The Emperor’s Mysterious Concubine

      The Qing Dynasty was the last imperial dynasty of China, lasting from 1644-1912. The Qianlong Emperor (1711-1799) was one of its major rulers who employed the artistically talented Italian Jesuit priest Giuseppe Castiglione (1688-1766) as court painter.  However, whether Castiglione created the striking portrait above is not definite.  Questions also exist about […]

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