"Empire of Emptiness" By Patricia Ann Berger

Buddhist art and political authority in Qing China


Published in January 2003 by University of Hawaii Press, “Empire of Emptiness” takes a fresh look at the huge outpouring of Buddhist painting, sculpture, and decorative arts Qing court artists produced for distribution throughout the Imperial Manchu empire. The multilingual, culturally fluid Qing emperors put an extraordinary range of visual styles into practice – Chinese, Tibetan, Nepalese, and even the European Baroque brought to the court by Jesuit artists.
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