Emperor Guan

Emperor Guan, 1700, Qing Dynasty
173 cm92.6 cm

Emperor Guan is a Qing Dynasty Ink, Silk and Gold Leaf Drawing created in 1700. It lives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Clouds and Emperors. SourceDownload

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We don’t know who created this vivid, otherworldly portrait, but its subject is Guan Yu, descending from heaven. Guan was a Han dynasty warrior who died in 219 CE, and posthumously elevated to the status of Emperor. Guan became a venerated symbol of courage and faithfullness, honored by the Manchu rulers in shrines throughout China.

Reed Enger, "Emperor Guan," in Obelisk Art History, Published May 15, 2016; last modified May 19, 2021, http://arthistoryproject.com/timeline/age-of-discovery/qing-dynasty/emperor-guan/.

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