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Reverence and Praise: Ancestor Portraits in the Chinese Painting Tradition

Chinese ancestor portraits were once collected by Westerners as mere decoration. But in recent years they have begun to receive serious attention as works of art and as devotional paintings. Dr. Claudia Brown, professor of art history at Arizona State University and former Museum curator will explore the current scholarship on the subject, discussing featured works from the Museum’s collections.

Talk is free with admission to the museum.

Please join us afterwards for lunch at Palette, the Museum café. ($20 including tax and tip)

Image: Unknown, Ancestral portrait (detail), 1820-1860. Ink and color on paper. Gift of Jane and Mal Jozoff.