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ARTARCH 444: The Forbidden City

This is a research guide for Professor Kleutghen's course, L01 Art-Arch 444: The Forbidden City.

"Forbidden City (Beijing, China)" by Michael McDonough is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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Course Description: Home to 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911), the Forbidden City today occupies the heart of Beijing and comprises the largest ensembles of pre-modern architecture in China. This seminar examines the origins of the palace, its construction in early Ming, the coded symbolisms of its plan and decoration, the rituals of court, and the lives of its denizens, from emperors (including Pu Yi, the "last emperor") to concubines, from Jesuit missionaries to eunuchs. The course also considers the twentieth-century identity of the site as a public museum and the backdrop to major political events, as well as its role in the urban design and contemporary art of twenty-first century Beijing.  

"Forbidden City (Beijing, China)" by Michael McDonough is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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