12 Nov 2005-17 April 2006. This exhibition entitled China: the Three Emperors, 1662-1795 covers the reigns of the most powerful rulers of the Qing dynasty: Kangxi (1662-1722), Yongzheng (1723-35) and Qianlong (1736-95). Most of the exhibits have been selected from the collections of the Palace Museum in Beijing and represent the magnificent artistic and cultural wealth of Imperial China. Formal portraits of the three emperors introduce the visitor to the more than 370 objects and artworks that follow, including antique jades and bronzes, carvings and lacquer ware, porcelain, wall hangings and embroidery, weapons, clocks and ingenious scientific instruments and palace furnishings there is even an imperial throne. The finest artists and artisans of the time were employed by each emperor to celebrate the splendour of his rule. Paintings on silk and scrolls from the period illustrate the lives and exploits of the emperors and their family and entourage, depicting hunting scenes, battles, concubines, religious ritual and auspicious images. Most of the exhibits have never before been seen in Europe. Admission 11 students 7 unemployed 3 under 7s free. Sun-Thurs 10.00-18.00 Fri-Sat 10.00-22.00 Closed 24 & 25 Dec Early closing 23 & 31 Dec: 18.00.
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The Qing Dynasty at the Royal Academy.
The Royal Academy of Arts is in Burlington House, Piccadilly London W1J 0BD By underground to Piccadilly or Green Park stations. By bus 9, 14, 19, 22, 38. Tel. +44 (0)20 73008000 email@example.com www.threeemperors.org.uk