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National Palace Museum 國立故宮博物院

The Rebirth of a Painting: Restoring "The Portrait of Koxinga"

The Rebirth of a Painting: Restoring "The Portrait of Koxinga"

The Rebirth of a Painting: Restoring "The Portrait of Koxinga"

The Rebirth of a Painting: Restoring "The Portrait of Koxinga"

Koxinga's portrait had long suffered many areas of cracking and tearing as well as severe flaking of the pigments. The painting thus was in poor condition, making its future uncertain. To save this important work from further deterioration, the National Taiwan Museum starting in 2004 asked the Preparatory Office of the National Center for the Research and Preservation of Cultural Properties to conduct a scientific investigation and analysis of the portrait. In the end, the painting was turned over to the Mounting Room of the National Palace Museum for conservation, with work on remounting beginning in July 2007 and restoration completed in December 2008.
The portrait was said to have been done while Koxinga was still alive in Tainan. This would date the painting to the early Ch'ing dynasty, or about the mid-seventeenth century, making it most likely the earliest and closest portrait to Koxinga. After Cheng K'她-shuang (1670-1717), Koxinga's grandson, surrendered to the Ch'ing dynasty, this painting was taken by Cheng Chang to Hou-shan-p'o in Taipei for safekeeping. Passed down to his fifth-generation descendant, Cheng Wei-lung, in 1911 while under Japanese rule, Governor-General Sakuma suggested that the painting be sent to the Taiwan Shinto Shrine (later changed to the Koxinga Shrine). After the restoration of Taiwan to Chinese rule in 1945, the painting was transferred to the Taiwan Provincial Museum (now the National Taiwan Museum), its home to the present.
Before the return of "The Portrait of Koxinga" to the National Taiwan Museum, the National Palace Museum is taking this opportunity to preview the results of its restoration efforts for audiences, as well as to publicly displaying the process of its investigation and remounting. It is hoped that various issues related to the work and research on this antique portrait will benefit all scholars, conservators, and general audiences alike.


Updated : 2021-04-15 08:23 GMT+08:00