"Empresses of China’s Forbidden City" by Daisy Yiyou Wang

Empresses of China’s Forbidden City 1644–1912 Daisy Yiyou Wang, Jan Stuart, Lin Shu, Yu-ping Luk, Ying-chen Peng, Evelyn S. Rawski, Ren Wanping

Publication date:
16 Oct 2018
Peabody Essex Museum
300 pages: 305 x 241mm
190 illus.


Empresses in the Qing dynasty (1644–1912) played an influential role in the imperial court and the cosmopolitan culture of their time. Offering compelling insights into the material culture, activities, and living spaces of Qing empresses, this lavishly illustrated book features over one hundred spectacular works of art from the Palace Museum in Beijing—including large-scale portraits, court robes, and richly decorated Buddhist sutras—that bring the splendor of the Qing court to life. A series of insightful essays examines the fascinating ways that key imperial women engaged with art, religion, and politics. This unprecedented exploration of the Qing court from the perspective of its royal women is an important new contribution to our understanding of Chinese art and history. 

Daisy Yiyou Wang is curator of Chinese and East Asian art at the Peabody Essex Museum. Jan Stuart is the Melvin R. Seiden Curator of Chinese Art at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.