Lang Shining was the Chinese name of the Italian Giuseppe Castiglione. At the age of 19, he became a Jesuit novitiate and studied painting and architecture. He arrived in China when he was 27 and eventually came to serve under three emperors at court. He excelled at painting figures, dogs, horses, and birds-and-flowers. This work is a depiction of peacocks roaming about a garden. Done on a huge hanging scroll, it is indeed impressive in both size and content. In addition to the traditional Chinese technique of "outlines filled with colors", in which opulent colors are used, Castiglione also employed Western techniques of shading and modeling. This gives the work both a decorative and a realistic touch.
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