The exhibition The World of Khubilai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty highlights the new art forms and styles created in China under the Yuan dynasty. The unification of China under the Khubilai Khan and the massive influx of foreign craftsmen from all over the vast Mongol Empire generated over a century of incredible artistic and creative innovation.
James Watt traces the evolution of the arts under the Yuan dynasty—and the history of the Mongol Empire—through images and patterns as they moved across Asia, brought by extraordinary craftsmen from the once-great Central Asian cities to the new Mongol capitals. These craftsmen brought styles from West Asia, India, and even Europe to Khubilai's new capital of Beijing, creating new forms by blending styles, images, and techniques, and contributing to the incredible evolution of the arts in Yuan China.
James C. Y. Watt, Brooke Russell Astor Chairman, Department of Asian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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