Trivium Art HistoryGiuseppe Castiglione, 郎世寧

Portrait of Consort Chunhui

Portrait of Consort Chunhui, 1760 — Giuseppe Castiglione, 郎世寧
198 cm123 cm

Portrait of Consort Chunhui is a Qing Dynasty, Ink, Silk Drawing created by Giuseppe Castiglione, 郎世寧 in 1760. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Women, and Royalty. Source

As was customary with portraits of the emperor and his consorts, there is no signature or artist seal on this portrait — the opportunity to paint royalty was considered honor enough. Yet the differences in style from the Chinese court painters mark this as a work by Giuseppe Castiglione, the Jesuit missionary who painted in the court of Emperor Qianlong.

The only inscription on the work is in a delicate script by the consort's head, reading Consort Chunhui — an honorific applied by the emperor's own hand after her death. Chunhui had been with the emperor for 23 years.

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