Krása a moc. Oděvy v čínském malířství a na historických fotografiích / Beauty and Power. Clothing in Chinese Paintings and Historical Photographs
Author(s): Helena Heroldová, Lucie Olivová, Petra Polláková, Jan Šejbl
Publisher: National Museum
Type of publication: Book / E-book
Place of publication: Prague
Number of pages: 230
Citation: HEROLDOVÁ, Helena, OLIVOVÁ, Lucie, POLLÁKOVÁ, Petra a ŠEJBL, Jan. Krása a moc. Oděvy v čínském malířství a na historických fotografiích / Beauty and Power. Clothing in Chinese Paintings and Historical Photographs . Vydání první. Prague: National Museum, 2022. 230 stran. ISBN 978-80-7036-726-1 .
Visual sources are a fundamental source for history studies. They are particularly an invaluable source of information for the history of clothing. This study focuses on the visual depiction of clothing in traditional Chinese paintings and historical photographs. It presents the traditional painting scrolls from the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911) and the photographs from the second half of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century kept in the collection of the Náprstek museum in Prague. The analysis of the visual sources is focused mainly on ritual ancestral portraits and the genre paintings of “beautiful women”. Historical photographs depict clothing in staged studio portraits. The study poses the question of whether these visual sources can be reliable for analysing historical clothing.