Defining Yongle: Imperial Art in Early Fifteenth-Century Chinaby James C. Y. Watt
The Yongle Emperor (14031424) was considered the most powerful, effective, and extravagant ruler of the Ming dynasty (13681644). Major military campaigns and unprecedented maritime expeditions marked his reign. Yongle is also credited with moving the capital from the south to Beijing, establishing the Forbidden City.
In Beijing, Yongle inherited the
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