Emperor Xizong

Emperor Xizong
Rachel McCain,Terrence Hensley
Name: Emperor Xizong
Family: Xizong father was Emperor
Taichang Emperor . When his father
died, Xizong was left to rule at age 15.
Dates of Rule:1620-1627
Capital City, City of Residence: Beijing
Country or Empire: Ming
Bio: Xizong was the son of a short lived
emperor named Guangzong. He raised to
the throne at age 15. He had no interest in
being a ruler, and did not even focus on
education. So, he gave power instead to his
chief eunuch, Wei Zhongxian, and his wet
nurse, Madam Ke. Because of this, chaos
erupted throughout China. In the
meantime, Xizong focused of carpentry.
Key Events
Though Xizong had a mostly uneventful reign, here are some key events that took
place while he was in “power”:
The dutch invaded and occupied Taiwan, a Chinese protectorate.
Machu tribes were successfully taking over the northeastern area of the Ming
In the northern and southwestern provinces, rebellions were a very big
problem,and caused chaos.
Map of Ruling Area
No land was conquered
during this time period,in
fact, their land was
threatened to be overtaken.
Art Information
List 10 items of costume and
accessories that you notice in
the portrait.
Flowers, Vases, Throne,Fancy Containers,Mural background,Side
Tables/Stand,Intricate Carpet, a Royal gown,Royal Hat, & Shoes.
2) Identify and describe 3 examples of visual imagery the artist used in the
painting to show that this ruler is a
powerful figure .
- Very detailed patterns,large throne,& a large bright robe/gown.
Art Information
List and describe 5 luxury items illustrated in the portrait that demonstrate
advanced levels of trade and manufacture or arts in the country.
- Gold;put throughout as to show wealth.
- High detail patterns;advance art.
- Vases;displays advance art.
- Robe;Advance use of resources.
-Tables;Seem advance for time period.
Art Information
What visual ideas can you identify that all of the portraits share?
All the portraits feature detail, almost or completely full body portraits. All of
them seem very colorful. All of them seem to display some sort of power.All of
them are realistic.
What differences can you identify among the portraits?
Everyone has a different style, everyone are in different positions, and all of
them have different ways of displaying power.
Cited Sources
“China.” History of Boats,
All Fact-Based Information ( Slides 2-3)
Britannica, The Editors of Encyclopaedia. “Tianqi.” Encyclopædia Britannica,
Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 1 Mar. 2016, www.britannica.com/biography/Tianqi.
Cited Sources
Portrait (Slide 5)
Damiani, Matteo. “18 Amazing Paintings of the Ming and Qing Dynasties
(1368–1912) – Faces of China.” China Underground, 22 Nov. 2018,
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