In every age, rulers have used the power of art to display and maintain their power. Portrait paintings exuding an aura of majesty reinforced their authority, while the elaborately contrived narrative of such paintings underscored its legitimacy. Exquisite craftworks also embellished the court and played a role in diplomatic affairs. The magnificence of these works by master painters and craftsmen continue to enthrall viewers, even now. Many powerful men and women passionately enjoyed art, patronized great artists, and collected valuable works. The collections they built became the foundations of today’s well-known museums. This exhibition will feature some 60 artworks from Egypt, Europe, India, China, Japan, and other regions. Through them, it will examine the original function of the artworks we see and admire, and retrospect the history of art’s relationship with power.