02 janvier 2017

Incense burner, Korea, Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)

Incense burner, Korea, Goryeo dynasty (918–1392). Bronze. H. 13 3/4 in. (35 cm). L.2016.43.8a–d. Photograph courtesy the National Museum of Korea Burning incense was an essential part of Buddhist rituals. Most surviving Goryeo-period censers take the shape of a deep bowl on a fluted base; this vessel also has three legs and an ornate top. Metalworking—including bronze casting, as in this piece—was a highly sophisticated art during this period. Given the long-established centrality of Buddhism on the Korean peninsula by this time,... [Lire la suite]
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02 janvier 2017

Bowl decorated with peonies, Korea, Goryeo dynasty (918–1392), 13th century

Bowl decorated with peonies, Korea, Goryeo dynasty (918–1392), 13th century. Stoneware with inlaid and reverse-inlaid design under celadon glaze. H. 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm), L.2016.43.7a, b. Photograph courtesy the National Museum of Korea While the five peonies, each in a roundel, are inlaid in white and black, the surrounding scrolling pattern is achieved through the reverse-inlaid method: the background, rather than the design itself, is carved out and filled with slip. This combined technique creates a dramatic effect unique to... [Lire la suite]
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02 janvier 2017

Mandala of Wakamiya of Kasuga Shrine (Kasuga wakamiya mandara), Japan, Nanbokuchō period (1336–92), early 14th century

Mandala of Wakamiya of Kasuga Shrine (Kasuga wakamiya mandara), Japan, Nanbokuchō period (1336–92), early 14th century. Hanging scroll; ink, color, gold, and cut gold on silk. Image: 29 3/4 in. × 15 in. (75.6 × 38.1 cm) Overall with mounting: 62 1/2 x 20 1/2 in. (158.8 x 52.1 cm) Overall with knobs: 62 1/2 x 22 1/2 in. (158.8 x 57.2 cm). Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1997, and Gift of the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation, 2015, 1997.113 © 2000–2016 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Seated on a pink and white lotus blossom... [Lire la suite]
02 janvier 2017

Deer Mandala of Kasuga Shrine, Japan, Nanbokuchō period (1336–92), late 14th century

Deer Mandala of Kasuga Shrine, Japan, Nanbokuchō period (1336–92), late 14th century. Hanging scroll; color on silk. Image: 33 15/16 × 13 7/8 in. (86.2 × 35.2 cm) Overall with mounting: 66 15/16 × 20 15/16 in. (170 × 53.2 cm) Overall with knobs: 66 15/16 × 22 15/16 in. (170 × 58.2 cm). Mary Griggs Burke Collection, Gift of the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation, 2015, 2015.300.11 © 2000–2016 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. A spotted brown deer, bedecked in a sumptuously decorated saddle and gold pendants dangling from a vermilion... [Lire la suite]
02 janvier 2017

CaixaForum Barcelona presents "Ming. The Golden Empire"

Lidded vase in underglaze red, from the tomb of Princess Ancheng, 1384–1443. © Nanjing Museum BARCELONA.- CaixaForum Barcelona is presenting Ming. The Golden Empire, an exhibition devoted to art and culture from one of the most iconic periods in Chinese history, renowned for its artistic, social and economic advances.  The purpose behind the exhibitions that ”la Caixa” Foundation has dedicated over the years to the great cultures of the past is to enable audiences to discover ways in which men and women from... [Lire la suite]
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02 janvier 2017

Storage Jar, Vietnam, Thanh Hoa, 11th century-12th century

Storage Jar, Vietnam, Thanh Hoa, 11th century-12th century. Glazed stoneware, height: 8.25 in, 20.95 cm; width: 8.25 in, 20.95 cm. Gift of the Charles Bayly Jr Collection, 1954.40. Courtesy Denver Art Museum Inspired by Chinese ceramics of the Song dynasty (960-1279), this storage jar is similar to those found in the northern Vietnamese province of Thanh Hoa. Its ivory-colored glaze is stained brown through burial. The jar has six strap handles around its shoulder, an embellishment characteristic of high... [Lire la suite]
02 janvier 2017

Exhibition at Denver Art Museum features paintings by Titian, Giorgione and Bellini rarely seen in the U.S.

DENVER, CO.- The Denver Art Museum is presenting Glory of Venice: Masterworks of the Renaissance, Denver’s first-ever exhibition to illustrate the development of Venice’s own distinct Renaissance style from the second half of the 1400s to the early 1500s. The exhibition explores the city’s artistic evolution, as it shifted from a center of local significance, to the internationally recognized model of pictorial excellence admired by generations to follow.   The exhibition features about 45 significant works,... [Lire la suite]
02 janvier 2017

Tray in the shape of a peony, Qing dynasty (1644–1911), 19th century

Tray in the shape of a peony, Qing dynasty (1644–1911), 19th century. Carved red and black lacquer. H. 3/4 in. (1.0 cm); Diam. 7 in. (17.8 cm). Edward C. Moore Collection, Bequest of Edward C. Moore, 1891, 91.1.636 © 2000–2016 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
02 janvier 2017

Box with Daoists welcoming immortal Shoulao, Qing dynasty (1644–1911), 19th century

Box with Daoists welcoming immortal Shoulao, Qing dynasty (1644–1911), 19th century. Carved red and green lacquer. H. 9 in. (22.9 cm); W. 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm). Bequest of Stephen Whitney Phoenix, 1881, 81.1.610a, b © 2000–2016 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Boxes in this shape are often fitted with trays that have recesses for holding cups to serve wine at celebrations. The design on this example shows Daoists welcoming Shoulao, the god of longevity, as he descends from the heavens on a crane—apt imagery for a vessel used to... [Lire la suite]