Em­peror’s trea­sures comes to Mel­bourne

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The Qian­long Em­peror ruled China for 60 years from 1736 to 1795. He was also the na­tion’s fore­most art col­lec­tor, and an avid stu­dent of Chi­nese paint­ing, cal­lig­ra­phy and po­etry. For the first time, more than 120 works as­so­ci­ated with the Em­peror have made their way from Bei­jing’s Palace Mu­seum in the For­bid­den City to the Na­tional Gallery of Vic­to­ria, and they will be dis­played from 27 March to 21 June 2015. Among the pieces on dis­play will be lav­ish paint­ings on silk and pa­per, dragon-em­broi­dered robes, im­pe­rial por­traits and de­pic­tions of the Em­peror him­self as scholar and art col­lec­tor, along­side his own paint­ings and cal­li­graphic works. The NGV is de­vot­ing 1100sqm to ‘The Golden Age of China: Qian­long Em­peror (1736-1795)’, im­mers­ing vis­i­tors in Qing style with cer­e­mo­nial weapons, mu­sic and in­te­ri­ors de­signed to evoke the For­bid­den City. www.ngv.vic.gov.au

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