Imperial Illusions: Crossing Pictorial Boundaries in the Qing Palaces by Kristina Kleutghen
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Overview: 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.
In Imperial Illusions, Kristina Kleutghen examines all known surviving examples of the Qing court phenomenon of "scenic illusion paintings" (tongjinghua), which today remain inaccessible inside the Forbidden City. Produced at the height of early modern cultural exchange between China and Europe, these works have received little scholarly attention. Richly illustrated, Imperial Illusions offers the first comprehensive investigation of the aesthetic, cultural, perceptual, and political importance of these illusionistic paintings essential to Qianlong’s world.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History
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Warfare and Society in Imperial Rome, C. 31 BC-AD 280 by Brian Campbell
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Overview: This well-documented study of the Roman army provides a crucial aid to understanding the Roman Empire in economic, social and political terms. Employing numerous examples, Brian Campbell explores the development of the Roman army and the expansion of the Roman Empire from 31 BC-280 AD.
When Augustus established a permanent, professional army, this implied a role for the Emperor as a military leader. Warfare and Society in Imperial Rome examines this personal association between army and emperor, and argues that the Emperor’s position as commander remained much the same for the next 200 years.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History
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Sabina Augusta: An Imperial Journey by T. Corey Brennan
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Overview: Sabina Augusta (ca. 85-ca. 137), wife of the emperor Hadrian (reigned 117-38), accumulated more public honors in Rome and the provinces than any imperial woman had enjoyed since the first empress, Augustus’ wife Livia. Indeed, Sabina is the first woman whose image features on a regular and continuous series of coins minted at Rome. She was the most travelled and visible empress to date. Hadrian also deified his wife upon her death.
In synthesizing the textual and massive material evidence for the empress, T. Corey Brennan traces the development of Sabina’s partnership with her husband and shows the vital importance of the empress for Hadrian’s own aspirations. Furthermore, the book argues that Hadrian meant for Sabina to play a key role in promoting the public character of his rule, and details how the emperor’s exaltation of his wife served to enhance his own claims to divinity. Yet the sparse literary sources on Sabina instead put the worst light on the dynamics of her marriage.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History > Ancient Roman History
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Star Wars: Han Solo – Imperial Cadet collection via Robbie Thompson (Volumes 1-5)
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Overview: Untold adventures of a tender Han Solo! You’ve noticed Han get away the imply streets of Corellia via becoming a member of the Imperial Navy. But how does a thief used to the chaos of again alley brawls modify to the order and self-discipline of the army? Not really well! And Han’s dream of turning into a pilot is instantly grounded as he realizes he would possibly not even continue to exist fundamental coaching. After a wild series of occasions lands him within the brig in a single day, Han is given one ultimate shot at fl ight faculty. Will Han be best gun – or will he crash and burn? And who’s his mysterious rival, ripped from the pages of vintage Star Wars comics?!
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