Kristina Kleutghen

Kristina Kleutghen

‚ÄčAssociate Professor of Art History and Archaeology
Undergraduate major/minor advisor in East Asian Studies
David W. Mesker Career Development Professor of Art History
PhD, Harvard University
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    • WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
      CB 1189
      ONE BROOKINGS DR.
      ST. LOUIS, MO 63130-4899

    ‚ÄčKristina Kleutghen is a specialist in Chinese Art, particularly of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Focusing on early modern, modern, and contemporary Chinese art, her research investigates Sino-foreign interaction, the imperial court, optical devices, and connections to science and mathematics.

    For more information, visit Kristina Kleutghen's department profile.

    Imperial Illusions

    Imperial Illusions

    In the Forbidden City and other palaces around Beijing, Emperor Qianlong (r. 1736-1795) surrounded himself with monumental paintings of architecture, gardens, people, and faraway places. The best artists of the imperial painting academy, including a number of European missionary painters, used Western perspectival illusionism to transform walls and ceilings with visually striking images that were also deeply meaningful to Qianlong. These unprecedented works not only offer new insights into late imperial China's most influential emperor, but also reflect one way in which Chinese art integrated and domesticated foreign ideas.