"A portrait is a picture in which there is just a tiny little something not quite right about the mouth." -- John Singer Sargent

Tuesday, June 11, 2019


The Empress Dowager Cixi 

This c. 1908 hanging scroll portrait of the Dowager Empress Cixi probably by court painters is currently on display at the Sackler Gallery in Washington, DC. It belongs to the Palace Museum in Beijing and is said to be the "official" imperial portrait of Cixi.

Her hands are hidden in her sleeves, hiding her long fingernails.

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