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Gallery Guide: Luxury Arts of the Silk Route Empires

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Two thousand years before today’s “global economy,” an exchange network linked the continent of Asia via the Silk Route. Between the first and eighth centuries of the common era, the empires and states of Asia often came into conflict as they competed for territory and other resources or sought to dominate their neighbors in religious ...

A Closer Look at Conservation: Chinese Commemorative Portraits

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Step behind the closed doors of the Department of Conservation and Scientific Research to see how several portraits in the Sackler Gallery’s exhibition Worshipping the Ancestors: Chinese Commemorative Portraits were restored. Remember! These are trained professionals – don’t try this at home on your cherished family portrait of your great grandmother. Smoke, Dirt, and Mold Most of the works ...

Gallery Guide: Chinese Arts of the Brush

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Long before the Chinese invented paper in the first century B.C.E., they devised the round brush, which is used for both writing and painting. The unique versatility of the Chinese brush lies in its tapered tip, which is composed of a careful grouping of chosen animal hairs. Through this resilient tip flow the ever-changing linear ...

Gallery: Masterful Illusions

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Imagine a world of warriors and heroes, villains and ghosts, of kabuki actors and fashionable women wearing the latest styles, a world that celebrates the beauty of nature as well as the passions and sorrows of men and women. Enter the world of Japanese prints, known as ukiyo-e, or pictures from the floating world, of ...

Dedication Materials

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Three bundles of dedication materials (bokjangmul 腹藏物) were found inside the sculpture: one in the head and two others in the lower body. The dedication materials in the head were likely put in place at the time of production and before the face was fixed to the head. Materials found in the lower body are ...

The Sculpture: Conservation

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Conservators at the National Museum of Korea carefully restored the sculpture in 2008.

Story of the Beautiful

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The story of the beautiful is already complete — Hewn in the marbles of the Parthenon — And broidered, with the birds, upon the fan of Hokusai. —James McNeill Whistler, Ten O’Clock Lecture, 1885 Explore the Peacock Room by James McNeill Whistler and delve into its dynamic history through this major online resource, the result ...

Gallery Guide: American Art

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The Freer Gallery of Art is named for its founder, the Detroit industrialist Charles Lang Freer (1854–1919). Many visitors to the Freer are surprised to discover that although the gallery is primarily dedicated to Asian art, it also has major holdings of American paintings and prints from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Freer ...

Gallery Guide: Royal Riches

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When Alexander the Great and his armies sacked the Achaemenid Persian capital of Persepolis in 330 B.C.E., one ancient historian reported, they found gold, silver, and valuables in such quantities that ten thousand mules and five hundred camels were needed to carry away the spoils. Like the stories of Midas’s golden touch and the riches ...

Gallery Guide: Visual Poetry

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Paintings and Drawings from Iran Hidden within the pages of scientific, historical, or poetic texts, intricately designed images have formed an integral part of Persian manuscripts since at least the thirteenth century. They illustrate particular moments in the narrative and enhance the overall visual beauty of a work. In the latter part of the fifteenth ...