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

— by Dany Chan: Within their historical context in an exhibition at Freer | Sackler, the empresses of China’s Qing Dynasty succeeded in making meaningful lives for themselves, and that is something to celebrate and admire…

Image: Katharine A. Carl (1865–1938), “Empress Dowager Cixi” (1903), oil on canvas with camphor wood frame (Transfer from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, S2011.16)

June 18, 2019