This traditional-style ancestor portrait depicts the mother of the Qianlong emperor's first empress. The rich tone and brilliance of some colors—especially the gold dragons—had been enhanced by applying pigments to the back and front of the painting
The Qianlong Emperor September 1711 – 7 February was the sixth emperor of the Manchu-led Qing dynasty, and the fourth Qing emperor to rule over China proper. Born Aisin Gioro Hongli, the fourth son of the Yongzheng Emperor, he reigned officially
Giuseppe CASTIGLIONE Italian worked in China Qianlong Emperor in ceremonial armour on horseback Qing dynasty, Qianlong period 1739 coloured inks on silk x cm (image and sheet) The Palace Museum, Beijing
A fine porcelain from the reign of the Qianlong Emperor CE) of the Qing dynasty. (Courtesy of the National Palace Museum in Beijing)
Detail of The Qianlong Emperor’s Southern Inspection Tour, Scroll Six: Entering Suzhou along the Grand Canal; Xu Yang (Chinese, active ca. 1750–after 1776) and assistants. Dated 1770. Handscroll; ink and color on silk. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, 1988. 1988.350a–d.