The Forbidden City in Beijing, China and Emperor Qianlong: Art Within the Complex, the Chinese Brocade Loom, and Conservation Techniques of the Modern Day

The Forbidden City in Beijing, China is the largest palace ever built. Emperor Qianlong (pronounced “chen-long”) commissioned a public section to be built for him which housed the finest artwork, both of western and eastern influence. Qianlong’s favorite piece was an 2 meter tall clock which had a mechanical calligraphy servant scribe which wrote “his majesties influence reaches in all directions” in Mandarin. Qianlong vowed to only serve 60 years on the throne as his grandfather served 61 years...

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