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ARTH 4402 Art and Architecture of the Forbidden City (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

The Forbidden City palace in Beijing constituted the center of Chinese imperial power from the year 1420, when it was constructed, until the early twentieth century. Now home to the Palace Museum, the Forbidden City attracts millions of tourists annually. In addition to examining the Forbidden City’s magnificent halls, temples, gardens, and art objects, produced exclusively for the members of the Ming and Qing imperial courts, students in this course will discuss the shifting roles of the Forbidden City—as a monument, a symbolic form, a social space, a political entity, and a center of cultural production—over a period of approximately six centuries, including the Mao and post-Mao eras.


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Last Updated: 15-Oct-15