Saturday, July 3, 2010

Moon Landing: Masterpieces of Chinese Painting at the Freer Gallery of Art

When I was a kid, I found myself glued to the television whenever a moon landing took place. Even when others grew jaded by repeated landings, I never lost sight of the rarity of the event. Just as rare is the opportunity to view rarely exhibited, light-sensitive works on silk and paper by Chinese artists such as those collected by the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Masterpieces of Chinese Painting gathers together 27 iconic works of Chinese painting from the Freer’s permanent collection in an educational and aesthetic chance of a lifetime. We may never land on the moon again, but you can see delicate masterpieces such as Bodhisattva Guanyin of the Water Moon (shown), a fragile work of genius on fine silk dating from 968 AD, at least until November 28th. Please come over to Picture This at Big Think to read more of "Moon Landing."

[Image: Guanyin of the Water Moon. China, Northern Song dynasty, 968 AD. Hanging scroll mounted on panel; ink and color on silk. Purchase. F1930.36. Image Credit: Freer Gallery of Art.]

[Many thanks to the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, for providing me with the image above from and press materials for Masterpieces of Chinese Painting, which runs through November 28, 2010.]


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