Worshiping the Ancestors: Chinese Commemorative Portraits

June 17, 2001 – September 9, 2001

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC

Sublevels 1 and 2 Floor Plan

On view are 38 nearly life-sized, brightly colored portraits that range in date from 1451 to 1943 with particular emphasis on paintings of members of the Qing dynasty imperial family and the social elite (1644-1911). A few examples of Qing dynasty costume and furniture are also presented, as well as a "book of faces" that served as a guide for professional painters who were often asked to create posthumous ancestor portraits.