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Private museum collection impresses audiences
    2017-05-16  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

FAMOUS oil paintings created by European artists between 17th and 19th century, such as “Napoleon Crossing the Alps” — an equestrian portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte painted by French artist Jacques-Louis David between 1801 and 1805, were on display during the 13th China (Shenzhen) International Cultural Industries Fair (ICIF) that wrapped up yesterday.

These paintings were provided by Zhizheng Art Museum, the largest private museum in China. The equestrian portrait, which had been exhibited at Versailles, was bought by the museum from France last year with an auction price of over 7 million euros (US$7.67 million).

Initially commissioned by the King of Spain, the painting shows a strongly idealized view of the real crossing that Napoleon and his army made across the Alps through the Great St. Bernard Pass in May 1800.

In the painting, Napoleon appears mounted in the uniform of a general in chief, wearing a gold-trimmed bicorne and armed with a Mamluk-style sabre. He is wreathed in the folds of a large cloak which billows in the wind. His head is turned towards the viewer, and he gestures with his right hand toward the mountain summit.

In the background a line of soldiers interspersed with artillery make their way up the mountain. Dark clouds hang over the picture and in front of Napoleon the mountains rise up sharply.

Apart from oil paintings, many Chinese paintings and calligraphy from the Song (960-1279), Yuan (1279-1368), Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1344-1911) dynasties in addition to a variety of ceramics, bronze vessels, statues of the Buddha and other pieces were also displayed by the museum during the ICIF. Top-notch connoisseurs were also invited to offer lectures and free appraisals of antiques for collectors.

Managed by the Shenzhen Zhizheng Wenbo Group Ltd., the Zhizheng Art Museum located in Kingkey 100 in Luohu District is home to more than 3,000 valuable pieces of art with an estimated value of over 30 billion yuan (US$4.35 billion).

Some of the museum’s collections are family treasures passed down to Wu Fuqing, the museum’s president, from earlier generations, while other pieces were collected by Wu from around the world over the past two decades. The UNESCO High-level Forum on Museums hosted by the museum last year was attended by more than 200 guests from across the globe, including UNESCO officials and directors of the world’s top museums.

(Zhang Yang)

 

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