The Forbidden City

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This program explores the rites of imperial rituals, court painting, family life, and religion in the Forbidden City. Utilizing selected objects from the Palace Museum, Beijing, in addition to works from the permanent collection of the VMFA, this talk explores the visual and cultural landscape established by Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasty imperial patronage in a rapidly globalizing world. This program will also discuss the influence of Italian painters on Qing dynastic court painting.