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Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644-1912, Freer | Sackler, Washington DC — until June 23, 2019

— by Kealey Boyd: Many of the objects in Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644-1912 at Freer | Sackler have not previously been available for research, have never traveled outside of China, and might not be likely to reemerge again.

Image: Probably Giuseppe Castiglione (Lang Shining, 1688–1766) and other court painters, “Consort of the Qianlong emperor and the future Jiaqing emperor in his boyhood” (1760s), painting originally mounted on a wall (tieluo); ink and color on silk, courtesy of The Palace Museum

June 18, 2019