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Enchanted by Lohans: Osvald Sirén's Journey into Chinese Art

Minna Törmä


Finnish-Swedish art historian Osvald Sirén (1879–1966) was one of the pioneers of Chinese art scholarship in the West. This biography focuses on his four major voyages to East Asia: 1918, 1921–23, 1929–30 and 1935. This was a pivotal period in Chinese archaeology, art studies and formation of Western collections of Chinese art. Sirén gained international renown as a scholar of Italian art, particularly with his books on Leonardo da Vinci and Giotto. But when he was almost 40 years old, he was captivated by Chinese art (paintings of Lohans in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston) to such an extent ... More

Keywords: Forbidden City, China, Art, Photography, Puyi, Osvald Sirén

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9789888139842
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888139842.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Minna Törmä, author