STUART, Jan and Evelyn S. RAWSKI. BEACH, Milo Cleveland, foreword]
Title: Worshiping the Ancestors : Chinese Commemorative Portraits. First Paperback Edition.
Publisher:  Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, 2001, ISBN:0804742634
Seller ID: 102593
STUART, Jan and Evelyn S. RAWSKI. Worshiping the Ancestors : Chinese Commemorative Portraits. [Foreword by Milo Cleveland Beach]. Washington : published by the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, in association with Stanford University Press, (2001). First Paperback Printing. Pp. (5),6-216. Illustrated, largely in colour. 4to, illustrated cardcovers with black spine, French flaps, white and black lettering to front, white lettering to spine.
"Despite their compellingnpresence and often exquisite quality, Chinese ancestor portraits have never been studied as a genre. This richly illustrated book is the first to explore in depth the artistic, historical, and religious significance of these remarkable paintings and to place them in context with other types of commemorative portraiture.
Since the sixteenth century, portraits were commissioned in China in great number and variety. Depictions of individuals range from formal iconic poses to the very casual and offer fascinating glimpses of Chinese life and culture. The riveting, realistic ancestor portaits -- supremely powerful likenesses -- were important objects of veneration, and the practice of making memorial portraits continued into the twentieth century, when paintings were gradually replaced by photographs." - from the front flap.
A very good copy. Out of print. 135.00