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Chinese art has maintained its aura of beauty and uniqueness over the centuries. This art can be seen both in form of porcelain artwork and in paintings. In fact, porcelain was so much associated with China that up to this date, it is called China. Ancient China was ruled by dynasties. Each dynasty had distinct artwork that represented the era. The last dynasty, which was the Qing one, created a long lasting impression of the Chinese art.

Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty

After the Ming dynasty yielded power to the Manchu rulers of the Qing dynasty, one aspect of culture passed along was the art. The Manchu rulers were great enthusiasts of art. They rebuilt the porcelain factories in order to enhance the production of the artwork. Most of the porcelain from this ear are blue and white, which were the royal colors. Improvements were made on the Ming dynasty artwork to give the porcelain more glow and brilliance.

According to the book by William Rowe, a surge economic growth and good relations with foreigners characterized the Qing dynasty. During this time, China was able to colonize Taiwan and a part of Tibet. The artifacts of this era would hence spread out of the country. Most of the artifacts were displayed in the royal courts as a sign of the connection between culture and politics.


There were also paintings from this era on display at the museum. During the Qing dynasty, three types of painters worked on the paintings. Those included the traditionalists, individualists, and professional artists. All of them sought to highlight the best of the Chinese culture by using their work. The Qing rulers were believers of Confucius. The artwork of this era hence contains some details of Confucius. On any scale, it is clear to see that the artifacts of the Qing dynasty outstood those of the previous dynasties on accounts of authenticity and preservation of history (Rowe, 2009).

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