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volume book, which was jointly released in July by the Palace Museum Press and CITIC Press in B
eijing, provides children, its target audience, as well as curious adults, a new perspective of the emperor.上海夜网女神会所
His strong interest in zoology is often overshadowed by the stereotypical image of him as a fervent collector of jewels and antiques.
From 1750 to 1761, the emperor ordered two court artists, Yu Sheng and Zhang Weibang, to create paintings of birds and terres上海夜网
trial animals, while eight high officials with the requisite knowledge were arranged to write explanatory texts for t
he encyclopedic albums, known as Niao Pu (“graphics of birds“) and Shou Pu (“graphics of beasts”).上海夜网女神会所
He also collected a comprehensive book called Hai Cuo Tu (“an album of the abundant marine world”), which was illus
trated by Nie Huang, a natural scientist who spent decades studying the country’s waterways and coastal areas.
上海夜网”Western painting techniques were introduced into the royal court of the Qing
Dynasty through missionaries,” says Li Shi, a researcher of ancient painting at the Palace Museum.
In Niao Pu, we can see that the expressive techniques of traditional Chinese ink-water pain上海夜网
ting are kept,” she says, adding, “but there are also paintings in the album which show that typical tech
上海夜网女神会所niques from Western paintings were applied to deal with shadows and add realistic detail.”
Qianlong loved the three encyclopedias and kept them in his residence for frequent reference and the education of his children.
Natural History in the Palace Museum is edited from the three graphic albums by selecting 120 of t上海夜网
heir illustrations. The subjects’ modern names (along with their Latin references, where applicable) are inclu
ded, as well as vividly-written background information and stories, based on historical documents.
上海夜网女神会所The entries range from animals more commonly seen by the emp
eror, like tigers, donkeys, and dogs, to those that Qianlong would have never seen in his li
fetime, like giraffes on the African savanna or whales breaking the ocean surface.