For centuries, China's Forbidden City has captured the world's imagination. With parts open to the public since 1925, nearly 8 million tourists flock there annually. Yet the elegant, intimate Qianlong Garden—itself a “mini-Forbidden City” inside the Forbidden City—has remained sequestered from view. Dating from the 18th century, the Qianlong Garden was built as a retiremenFor centuries, China's Forbidden City has captured the world's imagination. With parts open to the public since 1925, nearly 8 million tourists flock there annually. Yet the elegant, intimate Qianlong Garden—itself a “mini-Forbidden City” inside the Forbidden City—has remained sequestered from view. Dating from the 18th century, the Qianlong Garden was built as a retirement retreat for its namesake emperor, a visionary patron of the arts who designed his garden to reflect a perfect union of art, architecture, and nature. Now undergoing restoration thanks to a groundbreaking international collaboration, it is intended to be open fully to visitors in 2019.The Emperor’s Private Paradise gives an unprecedented and in-depth analysis of the garden and its extravagant imperial interiors. Essays offer an overview of the history of Chinese gardens and the extraordinary reign of the Qianlong emperor, while contextualizing the importance of the Qianlong Garden and its artworks.This lavishly illustrated volume is published to accompany a remarkable exhibition of ninety objects from the Qianlong Garden, many of them never seen before, including superlative examples of Qing murals, paintings, wall coverings, furniture, architectural elements, and jades. By illuminating this little-known yet architecturally significant area of the Forbidden City, this volume represents a major contribution to the fields of Chinese art, history, architecture, and gardens....
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The Emperor's Private Paradise: Treasures from the Forbidden City Reviews
I was privileged to attend the exhibition while it was at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts (and will seriously shill for this institution overall, which remains the reason to visit Salem, witchcraft tourism be damned. That and the town is topheavy in good restaurants and coffee shops.)The exhibition was a glorious experience, filled with artifacts which may never tour North America again. I was constitutionally incapable of leaving without the accompanying volume. It was a very wise purchase.The book is divided into sections: the Qianglong Emperor in a historical context; the background and theory of this style of garden design; details of both the artifacts and the garden itself, including the follow-through from the Empire into the People's Republic; and the techniques of artistry and conservation.The subject matter tended towards the dry, but a dryness of richness of information and not an enumeration of objects.
This book takes a look at the Qianlong Gardens found in the forbidden city. The forbidden city has been open to the public since 1925. However, the gardens in this winter palace have not been viewed by tourists. An exhibit was arranged with international collaborators with over 90 objects that have not been seen before. It has had a limited tour including New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Milwaukee Art Museum. The restoration of these works and other objects should be available for viewing in China by 2019, being funded by the Palace Museum and the World Monuments Fund.The book contains beautiful, color, full page plates, as well as a chronology of Chinese History and maps.
A glimpse of emperor's collection.