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Thursday, September 21, 2017


Exhibition Public - USA & Canada

Emperors, Scholars, and Temples: Tastemakers of China’s Ming and Qing Dynasties

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
4525 Oak Street,
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Aug 10, 2017 To Sep 24, 2017


Detail: During the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, the arts of China reached full maturity. Painting, calligraphy, porcelain and textiles flourished, and new styles and techniques emerged. The imperial court, scholars and temples supported this profusion of creativity, each establishing distinctive, yet overlapping artistic styles.

Emperors held court in the Forbidden City in Beijing in unparalleled splendor. Courtiers, empresses and concubines wore extravagant garb and beautiful jewelry. Across the empire, an educated class of scholars pursued elegant and cultured lifestyles. Buddhism was also an inspiration for the arts. Thousands of ornate temples stored precious relics and images of Buddhist deities.

Presenting rarely seen objects from the Nelson-Atkins Chinese collection, the exhibition explores currents of taste during this five hundred-year period.

Phone No.: 816-751-1278
Contact Email: [email protected]
Site URL: https://www.nelson-atkins.org/events/emperors-scholars-and-temples

Coat
Coat
China
Early 18th century
54 x 81 inches
Brocade
Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust, 35-184/1.

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