Ms. Leung Ge Yau Candy: Representing the Literatus Self in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368)

140912 seminar leungDate: 12 September 2014
Time: 4:30pm
Venue: Room 7.58 Run Run Shaw Tower

Existing portraits of scholar-officials prior to the Song dynasty suggest that many were commissioned for the purpose of commemoration. The imperial court was a great patron for portraiture that was designed to serve a public function and usually this was in the format of a “portrait sequence” in which exalted officials were lined up to receive and give homage. Detailed facial description was not important in early portraiture and painters only started to paint faces with a greater tendency towards naturalism, which I define as the putative agreement between the appearances of the painting and the actual sitter, in the Five Dynasties (907-979)… (Please click on the image to read more)