Conserving a Chinese Ancestor Group Portrait


Conserving a Chinese Ancestor Group Portrait

Video originally published in 2019.

The installation Facing the Ancestors: Chinese Portrait and Figure Painting featured the pictured Chinese ancestor group portrait. On view from 8/12/2019 through 2/8/2020, the installation celebrated both the gift and the painting’s successful remounting into a Chinese-style hanging scroll. Shortly after its arrival at the museum, the artwork underwent treatment in the museum’s June and Simon K. C. Li Center for Chinese Painting Conservation.

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Ancestor Group Portrait, 1796–1820. China, Qing dynasty (1644-1911), Jiaqing period (1796-1820). Hanging scroll, ink and color on paper; overall: 278.2 x 112.2 cm (109 1/2 x 44 3/16 in.); painting only: 157.2 x 90.2 cm (61 7/8 x 35 1/2 in.). The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift of Joyce G. Ames in honor of her husband B. Charles Ames 2019.82