Portrait of Consort Chunhui

Giuseppe Castiglione (郎世寧), 1760
Portrait of Consort Chunhui, Giuseppe Castiglione (郎世寧)
Portrait of Consort Chunhui, zoomed in
198 cmPortrait of Consort Chunhui scale comparison123 cm

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

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. But differences in style from traditional Chinese court painting 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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