To June 8 : The fashion designer Romeo Gigli has been given free rein to arrange this collection of 100 masterpieces from the Chinese Golden Age, a period of great changes for the country, first divided then reunified into a great political empire. With the Silk Road, it also became a cultural center open to foreign influences. The exhibition opens with some bronze chariots and horses found in a Han tomb; it documents the arrival of Buddhism with a selection of sculptures and ends with artifacts from the Tang court: earthenware sculptures to go into tombs, silver and gold objects, frescoes and paintings on stone. -- www.palazzostrozzi.org  

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FLORENCE, to June 8: "Cina: Alla Corte Degli IMperatori" brings together 100 masterpieces from the Han to the Tang dynasties. This Buddha dates to the Tang dynasty. (Longmen Caves Research Institute)

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Two polychrome earthenware statuettes representing foreigners also date to the Tang dynasty. (Gansu Provincial Museum)

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A jug with foreign faces, probably from North India. Height: 29.5 centimeters. (Lintong Museum, Shaanxi Province)

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Eastern Han Dynasty horse. (Nanjing Museum, Jiangsu Province)

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A wall painting depicting a presentation of horses. Painted during the Tang Dynasty. (Zhaoling Museum, Shaanxi Province)