On November 16th, 2006, James C.Y. Watt, the Brooke Russel Astor Chairman, Department of Asian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art presented a lecture titled, "Art Under the Mongols, Yuan Dynasty.
Mr. Watt illuminated the Mongol Khan's patronage for the arts during the Mongol period in China. Mr. Watt's displayed striking images of the renowned 'cloth of gold' textiles which to this day are considered the most expensive textiles ever created. Yuan dynasty ceramics with their distinct motifs and themes of wildlife conveyed the the Mongol rulers love of nature. The lecture also addressed the powerful impact of the Mongols in promoting a cultural exchange of artistic influences through the Mongol Empire's revival of the trade routes of the ancient Silk Road.