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The Forbidden City
The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City


356 Pages, 9.75 x 11.75

Cloth, $59.95 (US $59.95) (CA $65.95)

Publication Date: June 2012

ISBN 9782757204481

Rights: US & CA

Somogy Art Publishers (Jun 2012)

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An enigmatic locale that has long fascinated the West, the Forbidden City of Peking is explored in this chronicle. It reveals how the city has always been reserved for imperial families and their circles of acquaintances only, remaining taboo to the Chinese people, who were not allowed to approach it nor even look at it. It explains what it took to realize what is regarded as the most important architectural project in China, and documents how its construction spanned 14 years and required over a million workers. More than five centuries of the city’s history is revisited, detailing an array of magnificent treasures secretly passed down through its generations. Focusing on several exceptional pieces, the examination places them beside recognizably Western works, and reflects on the Far East’s remarkable influence on the other side of the world.

Author Biography

Jean-Paul Desroches is the director at Guimet's museum. Guillaume Fonkenell and Isabelle Leroy-Jay Lemaistre are codirectors of the sculptures and history department at the Louvre.

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