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This exhibition is made possible by The Dillon Fund.

Selected Highlights

When the Manchus Ruled China

Painting under the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911)

February 2–August 18, 2002

The most comprehensive exhibition of Qing dynasty painting ever mounted in the West, this selection of more than sixty works focuses on painting under the brilliant reigns of the Kangxi (r. 1662–1722) and Qianlong (r. 1736–95) emperors—a period when the Manchus embraced Chinese cultural traditions and the court became a leading patron in the arts. On view are major works by the three principal groups of artists working during the Qing: the traditionalists, who sought to revitalize painting through the creative reinterpretation of past models; the individualists, who practiced a deeply personal form of art that often carried a strong message of political protest; and the courtiers, the officials and professional artists that served at the Manchu court. The works are drawn primarily from the Museum's outstanding collection of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century painting, supplemented by select loans from local private collections.