San Francisco, CA
Behold a treasure trove of emperors’ prized possessions, including artworks they themselves created. Passed from dynasty to dynasty and once sheltered in Beijing’s Forbidden City, these masterpieces of Chinese art were conveyed to Taiwan amid conflict and now reside in the National Palace Museum, Taipei.
Discover more than 150 objects from one of the world’s greatest collections of Chinese art, more than half of which will be on view in the U.S. for the first time. Rarely seen outside the court at the time of their creation, these artworks inherited an aura of mystery that has fueled an enduring fascination. Characterized by their extraordinary splendor, beauty and richness, these objects represent the highlights of China’s artistic accomplishments.
Through exquisite paintings, ceramics, jades and more, Emperors’ Treasures explores the identities of nine rulers who reigned from the 12th through 20th centuries. By examining each ruler’s contribution to the arts and the eras’ changing styles, this exhibition reveals how emperors’ personal tastes shaped the evolution of art in China.
Exhibition overview from museum website
Whether or not you go, Emperors' Treasures: Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum, Taipei features artworks from the renowned National Palace Museum, Taipei, encompassing paintings, calligraphy, bronzes, ceramics, lacquer ware, jades, and textiles, exemplifying the finest craftsmanship and imperial taste. The book explores the identities of eight Chinese rulers—seven emperors and one empress—who reigned from the early 12th through early 20th centuries