Our own Senior Curator of Chinese Art, Michael Knight, will be giving a talk on the arts of the Yongle reign (1403-24) of China’s Ming dynasty. The Yongle (“Eternal Happiness”) emperor was certainly among the most dynamic of the Ming emperors, and also the most active in the arts. What cool things will you learn?
Yongle’s reign saw the development of a complex system of imperial art commissions to decorate the palaces in Beijing and Nanjing. Art also played a role in diplomatic relations with foreign allies and enemies alike: as the Son of Heaven, the Yongle emperor did not stoop to buying and selling art; instead he received tribute and presented gifts. All this and more will be part of the talk, so don’t miss it.
Art During the Reign of Eternal Happiness (1403-24) of the Ming Dynasty
by Michael Knight
February 9, 2012, 6:30 pm
Asian Art Museum, Education Studios
200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Free with general museum admission ($5 after 5pm)
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