An important and highly original contribution to the field of Chinese art history. -- Robert E. Harrist Jr., Columbia University Ambitious, intelligently conceived and realized, and exceptionally well written. Rather than being isolated curiosities, in this exposition the illusions are seen as part of a long-term and spatially extensive interest that engaged the talents and energies of many for more than a century. Kleutghen combines recent scholarship, archival research, and close analysis of surviving monuments to offer an expansive account. -- Richard Vinograd, Stanford University
Kristina Kleutghen is assistant professor of art history and archaeology at Washington University in St. Louis.
[A] remarkably well-documented study. . . . [R]ich and stimulating. . . . There is no doubt that Imperial Illusions is an important contribution and provides a new perspective on visual culture at the Qianlong court. -- Michele Pirazzoli-t'Serstevens * Journal of Asian Studies * Kristina Kleutghen's carefully conceived new study. . . sits comfortably at the intersection of these two academic subfields, and provides specialists of both with an overdue, in-depth analysis of this remarkable moment of cross-cultural encounter. . . . The reader familiar with the historiography on the Qing will find a remarkably cohesive review of recent scholarship as it applies to the visual arts; to the nonspecialist, the volume provides an excellent entree to Qing visual culture and the Qianglong Empire (1711-1799, r. 1736-1795). . . . Imperial Illusions provides the ideal platform for rethinking eighteenth-century court art as distinctively Qing. -- Michele Matteini * CAA Reviews * This trans-disciplinary book is relevant not just to the history of art and of the high Qing, but also to the history of science and technology -- Carla Nappi * New Books in East Asian Studies *