Past Exhibitions

Figure Paintings of the Ming and Qing Dynasties
June 9, 2015 - July 5, 2015

Along with landscapes and bird-and-flower paintings, figure paintings are one of the classic genres of Chinese painting. In particular, portraits of beautiful women and famous people were produced prolifically amid the flourishing urban culture of Suzhou, Yangzhou and other cities of the Jiangnan region during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) Dynasties. While there was a vogue for courtesan paintings, which competed with one another for beauty and elegance, there were also ghoulishly realistic spectral portraits by artists who excelled at depicting the supernatural. Please enjoy this room's selection of Chinese portraits from this golden age of the genre.

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