Kristen L. Chiem, associate professor of art history at Pepperdine University, explores the role of floral imagery in Qing-dynasty China. Focusing on the peony, Chiem traces how artists used the flower to demonstrate imperial power during the 17th through 20th centuries. Prominently adorning portraits and material objects of Qing emperors and empresses, these images offer insight into gender, ethnicity, and diplomacy at court.
J. Goldsborough Bruff was a cartographer who got gold fever and went west to California in 1849. Like most everyone else, he found no gold, but he left behind something truly unique. And one hundred years ago Henry Huntington acquired it for the library.