The Xuande emperor ruled China from 1425-1434. He was the fifth emperor of the Ming dynasty (1368–1644). His rule was one of relative stability, and he devoted much of his time to painting and writing poetry, activities at which he was accomplished. As a painter he had a free brush style.

His paintings were often presented as gifts to favored members of the court; this painting, dated 1431, of a rat nibbling at lichee fruit is inscribed to a favorite eunuch.


15th Century Tibeto-Chinese Vajra (Dorje)

Material: Gilt Copper Alloy

Length: 14cm ( 5.5”)

A very fine quality and unusual example of a Tibeto-Chinese 9 pronged Vajra. The vajra is Ming dynasty dating to the early 15th century likely cast in the reign of either emperor Yongle or Xuande under which Tibetan influenced Vajrayana Buddhism flourished.



More Art Monday: Collection Travelogue

Ten works from our collection have accrued impressive travel miles en route to exhibitions in other museums. Learn about their journeys here, brought to you by ART 24/7.

The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons, October 16, 1834,” 1834–35, by Joseph Mallord William Turner
Exhibition: “Late Turner: Painting Set Free”
Location: Tate Britain, London, United Kingdom
On view: Now through January 25, 2015
Distance: 3,546 miles

Spring Sale at Bendel’s,” 1921, by Florine Stettheimer
Exhibition: “Florine Stettheimer“
Location: Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany
On view: Now through January 4, 2015
Distance: 4,116 miles

Basin, early 15th century, Xuande Period (1426–1435), Ming Dynasty (1368–1644), China
Exhibition: “Ming: 50 Years That Changed China”
Location: British Museum, London, United Kingdom
On view: Now through January 5, 2015
Distance: 3,546 miles

The Man of Sorrows (Christ Crowned with Thorns),” c. 1490, by Domenico Ghirlandaio
Exhibition: “Memling: Rinascimento Fiammingo”
Location: Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome, Italy
On view: October 11, 2014, to January 18, 2015
Distance: 4,366 miles

Marine,” 1866, by Gustave Courbet
Exhibition: “Gustave Courbet”
Location: Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland
On view: Now through January 18, 2015
Distance: 3,971 miles

The Papacy Offered to Saint Gregory the Great [?],” c. 1435, by Follower of Fra Angelico
Exhibition: “Fra Angelico, Botticelli: Rediscovered Masterpieces”
Location: Musée Condé/Domaine de Chantilly, Chantilly, France
On view: Now through January 4, 2015
Distance: 3,709 miles

Bacchus and Ariadne on the Isle of Naxos,” c. 1693, by Antoine Coypel
Exhibition: “Sensation and Sensuality: Rubens and His Legacy”
Location: Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium
On view: Now through January 4, 2015
Distance: 3,744 miles

Purple and Rose: The Lange Leizen of the Six Marks,” 1864, by James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Exhibition: “James McNeill Whistler Retrospective”
Location: National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan
On view: Now through November 16, 2014 
Distance: 6,901 miles

Port of Le Havre,” 1874, by Claude Monet
Exhibition: “Impression Sunrise”
Location: Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris, France
On view: Now through January 18, 2015 
Distance: 3,709 miles

Follette,” 1890, by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Exhibition: “Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec—The Path to Modernism”
Location: Kunstforum Wien, Vienna, Austria
On view: October 16, 2014 through January 25, 2015 
Distance: 4,308 miles


warm up sketch all started because of me still not getting over the upcoming《武神赵子龙》drama featuring snsd’s yoona as zilong’s love interest (a lady xiahou at that omg 子龙你要抢老婆吗). i mean like, i thought everyone’s 100% sure historically the dude doesn’t like girls. 

(zihuan yelling at a distance what do you mean yoona is just aesthetically pleasant BLASPHEMY all of SNSD are divine angels 女神 ALRIGHT)

and then next is yide rolling his eyes at his mom when she asks him when he’s settling down with a nice girl. relevant because cny is around the corner lol.

it’s not like yunchang is ashamed or hiding he just really doesn’t think it’s any of your business, like he won’t even discuss his family or his love life with his brothers, what makes you think he will with you?

when xuande says he loves ppl he means it, in the way that you want to believe in what you’re saying, if that makes sense. because deep down he hates people, he hates how rotten and selfish people are irl, he hates how society treated him a poor boy growing up with a single mother at the bad part of baoding, he hates that he knows he has to be like them to survive in this world. but he wants to believe in the potential of people, and not just in their potential (which is something cao cao would say), but in their goodness. i guess that’s why he was so taken with yide and yunchang when they met in the train station. good people were something of a theory to him until he met them. sometimes he feels guilty, like, he knows he’s a bundle of contradictions, what does that mean, is he lying to them? look at that, the big irony: one of them can’t lie, and the other hates liars, and here their big brother is a big fat liar. he tries to be the da-ge they think he is.it’s always good to have your goal dangled in front of you, you’ll eventually reach it one day. 

xuande asked:


“I have indeed! She should be riiiight over there! You can’t miss her! Careful though, she’s quick with those chakrams.”