Our former colleague doc. Olivová will give an invited presentation at IIAS Leiden.

28 Feb 2024

Title of the presentation is Historic Clothing: How Reliable are its Depictions in Ancestor Portraits


Chinese clothing in museum collections is typically represented by an incomplete set of a formal dress, consisting of one item and without accessories. It is therefore necessary to turn to other sources in order to understand how the dress looked. Although ancestor portraits seem to be an ideal comparative source for this kind of research, they do not reveal all about the formal dress either. This lecture will point out the obstacles which hinder a full interpretation of historic clothing depicted in portraits, and the limits of such a depiction.

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