Gardens of a Chinese Emperor: Imperial Creations of the by Victoria M. Siu

By Victoria M. Siu

The backyard of excellent Brightness (Yuanming Yuan) within the western suburbs of the Quing capital, Beijing, used to be began by means of the nice Kangxi (r. 1661-1722) and extended by way of his son, Yongzheng (r. 1722-1736) and taken to its maximum glory by means of his grandson, Qianlong (r. 1736-1796). A lover of literature and artwork, Qinglong sought a mundane mirrored image of his greatness in his Yuanming Yuan. for a few years he designed and directed an complex application of backyard preparations. Representing generations of painstaking learn, this booklet follows the emperor as he governed his empire from inside of his backyard. In a panorama of lush crops, synthetic mountains and lakes, and colourful constructions, he sought to symbolize his wealth and gear to his different matters and to the area at huge. Having been looted and burned within the mid-nineteenth century by means of western forces, it now lies in general in ruins, however it was once the world’s so much difficult backyard within the eighteenth century. The backyard recommended an entire set of concepts—religious, philosophical, political, inventive, and popular—represented in panorama and structure. simply as bonsai portrays a backyard in miniature, the imperial Yuanming Yuan on the peak of its elegance represented the Qing Empire in microcosm.

Includes sixty two colour plates and 35 black & white images.

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