- Paintings of the Late Ming and Early Qing Dynasties
- May 12, 2015 - June 7, 2015
The 17th century, in the middle of which the Ming Dynasty fell and the Qing Dynasty arose, was a chaotic one for China. The Han Chinese were faced with the choice of either rebelling against or submitting to the rule of the Qing Dynasty established by the Manchurians. This century saw both the production of richly emotive literati paintings by zealous Ming patriots who ended up dying for the cause of resistance, and the establishment of an orthodox landscape painting style by the Four Wangs (four painters all named Wang) who served the Qing Imperial Court. This room features paintings of the late Ming and early Qing dynasties, which reflect the tumultuous era of regime change during which they were produced.