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Imperial illusions : crossing pictorial boundaries in the Qing palaces
AuthorKleutghen, Kristina Renée
Pub. LocationSeattlePublisherUniversity of Washington Press
Date2015Phys. Desc.xv, 379 p. : ill. (mostly color) ; 27 cm.
LocationHallway CasesCall NumberND1047.B45 K59 2015
Imperial illusions : crossing pictorial boundaries in the Qing palaces / Kristina Kleutghen.
Includes bibliographical references and index.

Introduction: a new vision of painting -- Painted walls and pictorial illusions -- The study of vision -- Contemplating the future -- Peacocks and cave-heavens -- Staging Europe -- The beauty in the garden -- Epilogue: illusions, imperial and otherwise.

"In the Forbidden City and other palaces around Beijing, Emperor Qianlong (r. 1736-1795) surrounded himself with monumental paintings of architecture, gardens, people, and faraway places. The best artists of the imperial painting academy, including a number of European missionary painters, used Western perspectival illusionism to transform walls and ceilings with visually striking images that were also deeply meaningful to Qianlong. These unprecedented works not only offer new insights into late imperial China's most influential emperor, but also reflect one way in which Chinese art integrated and domesticated foreign ideas. In Imperial Illusions, Kristina Kleutghen examines all known surviving examples of the Qing court phenomenon of "scenic illusion paintings" (tongjinghua), which today remain inaccessible inside the Forbidden City. Produced at the height of early modern cultural exchange between China and Europe, these works have received little scholarly attention. Richly illustrated, Imperial Illusions offers the first comprehensive investigation of the aesthetic, cultural, perceptual, and political importance of these illusionistic paintings essential to Qianlong's world." -- Publisher's description.

Subject(s)Qianlong 乾隆, Emperor of China, 1711-1799--Art collections
Jesuits--China--16th-18th centuries--Contributions in art and architecture
Castiglione, Giuseppe 郎世寧, 1688-1766--Influence
Yuanmingyuan 圓明園 (Beijing 北京)--Pictorial works
Yuanmingyuan 圓明園 (Beijing 北京)--Poetry
Qianlong 乾隆, Emperor of China, 1711-1799--Art patronage
Painting, Chinese--History--Ming-Qing dynasties, 1368-1911
Painting, Chinese--China--Beijing--Ming-Qing dynasties, 1368-1911
Art and society--China--History--18th century
Trompe l'oeil painting--China--Beijing
Gugong bowuyuan 故宮博物院 (Beijing 北京)
Beijing 北京--Buildings, antiquities, etc.
Beijing 北京--Palaces
SeriesArt history publication initiative
Rec. TypeBookLanguageEnglish
CollectionRicci Institute LibraryRec. #18729
ISBN9780295994109 ; 029599410XLCCN2014007530OCLC879552905