Ch’ien-lung Emperor - Called the “Louis XIV of China”, he was Considered the Greatest of the Ch’ing Emperors

Ch’ien-lung Emperor - Called the “Louis XIV of China”, he was Considered the Greatest of the Ch’ing Emperors

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This traditional-style ancestor portrait depicts the mother of the Qianlong emperor's first empress, who lived from 1711 to 1748.

This traditional-style ancestor portrait depicts the mother of the Qianlong emperor's first empress, who lived from 1711 to 1748.

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Qianlong- the 6th emperor of the Manchu led Qing dynasty and brought it to its peak until the end of his rule

Qianlong- the 6th emperor of the Manchu led Qing dynasty and brought it to its peak until the end of his rule

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Castiglione's "Portrait of the Qianlong Emperor in front of the White Pagoda" mixes Western and Eastern artistic techniques.

Castiglione's "Portrait of the Qianlong Emperor in front of the White Pagoda" mixes Western and Eastern artistic techniques.

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The Qianlong Emperor (Chinese: 乾隆帝), 25 September 1711 – 7 February 1799) was the sixth emperor of the Manchu-led Qing Dynasty, and the fourth Qing emperor to rule over China proper. The fourth son of the Yongzheng Emperor, he reigned officially from 11 October 1735 to 8 February 1796. On 8 February, he abdicated in favor of his son, the Jiaqing Emperor – a filial act in order not to reign longer than his grandfather, the illustrious Kangxi Emperor.

The Qianlong Emperor (Chinese: 乾隆帝), 25 September 1711 – 7 February 1799) was the sixth emperor of the Manchu-led Qing Dynasty, and the fourth Qing emperor to rule over China proper. The fourth son of the Yongzheng Emperor, he reigned officially from 11 October 1735 to 8 February 1796. On 8 February, he abdicated in favor of his son, the Jiaqing Emperor – a filial act in order not to reign longer than his grandfather, the illustrious Kangxi Emperor.

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China | Tinder box with dragons; Ivory  | Qing dynasty (1644-1912), Reign of the Qianlong Emperor (1736-1795) | ©Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

China | Tinder box with dragons; Ivory | Qing dynasty (1644-1912), Reign of the Qianlong Emperor (1736-1795) | ©Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

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The Qianlong Emperor Viewing Paintings, 1746—c.1750,                           by Giuseppe Castiglione (Chinese name Lang Shining, 1688—1766) and Ding Guanpeng (fl.c. 1738—1768). Hanging scroll, ink and colour on paper. The Palace Museum, Beijing.

The Qianlong Emperor Viewing Paintings, 1746—c.1750, by Giuseppe Castiglione (Chinese name Lang Shining, 1688—1766) and Ding Guanpeng (fl.c. 1738—1768). Hanging scroll, ink and colour on paper. The Palace Museum, Beijing.

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Scenic Sites in the Qianlong Emperor’s Southern Inspection Tour, 19th century. Qing dynasty (1644–1911). China. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of John C. Ferguson, 1913 (13.220.134) | This work is featured in our “Painting with Threads” exhibition, on view through March 29, 2015 #AsianArt100

Scenic Sites in the Qianlong Emperor’s Southern Inspection Tour, 19th century. Qing dynasty (1644–1911). China. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of John C. Ferguson, 1913 (13.220.134) | This work is featured in our “Painting with Threads” exhibition, on view through March 29, 2015 #AsianArt100

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The Kangxi Emperor (Chinese: 康熙帝),(4 May 1654 –20 December 1722) was the fourth emperor of the Qing Dynasty, the first to be born on Chinese soil south of the Pass (Beijing) and the second Qing emperor to rule over China proper, from 1661 to 1722.Kangxi's reign of 61 years makes him the longest-reigning Chinese emperor in history (although his grandson, the Qianlong Emperor, had the longest period of de facto power) and one of the longest-reigning rulers in the world.

The Kangxi Emperor (Chinese: 康熙帝),(4 May 1654 –20 December 1722) was the fourth emperor of the Qing Dynasty, the first to be born on Chinese soil south of the Pass (Beijing) and the second Qing emperor to rule over China proper, from 1661 to 1722.Kangxi's reign of 61 years makes him the longest-reigning Chinese emperor in history (although his grandson, the Qianlong Emperor, had the longest period of de facto power) and one of the longest-reigning rulers in the world.

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