Beijing

      1890 Beijing
      • Painted during the last decade of the 19th century, this portrait of Beijing straddles the line between realistic and imaginative artistic depiction. If you find it difficult to believe that this is a portrait of the heart of China’s capital under the Qing dynasty from just over 120 years ago, you have reason to trust your instincts. The image feels far older, and that is part of the artist’s design on his viewers. The unknown artist’s imaginative depiction of Beijing as a...