Art Galleries

Swiss culture ministry was opposed to Gurlitt art collection

The Swiss authorities are missing a golden opportunity to establish the country as a leading centre for providence checking and restitution of stolen …

European News

Kano Tsunenobu | Album of Copies of Chinese Paintings | Japan | Edo period (1615–1868) | The Met

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Patterns of Collecting: Selected Acquisitions 1965–1975," December 6, 1975–March 23, 1976.<p>New York. The …

Museums

Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio or Santi) | Madonna and Child with the Infant Saint John the Baptist; upper left, Study for the Right Arm of the Infant Saint John; upper right, Study for Drapery (recto); Study of a Nude Male Figure (verso) | The Met

This delicately rendered sheet focuses on a composition study for the Madonna in the Meadow, a painting in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna …

Art History

Zhao Zhiqian | Peony | China | Qing dynasty (1644–1911) | The Met

Zhao Zhiqian focused his commitment to calligraphic brushwork upon the genre of flower painting. Such images, with their sumptuous colors and …

China

Inscribed by Sanemitsu | Pair of Stirrups (Abumi) | Japanese, Kashu | The Met

The form of these luxurious stirrups is known traditionally as <i>hato mune</i> (pigeon breast). They are completely covered with finely inlaid silver …

Art Museums

Pat Steir | Sixteen Waterfalls of Dreams, Memories, and Sentiment | The Met

In the 1980s Steir developed a technique that involved applying paint exclusively by dripping and flinging it onto the canvas. Despite the freedom of …

Art Museums

Pair of Stirrups | Peruvian | The Met

These slipper stirrups, cast in bronze, mimic in metal the shape of a leather boot. They are decorated with vegetal scrolls inspired by European …

Art Museums

Bark Cloth Panel (Masi Kesa) | Fijian | The Met

Fijian artists both past and present have created diverse forms of barkcloth, a paperlike textile typically manufactured from the inner bark of the …

Art Museums

Stirrup | Mexican | The Met

This heavy iron cross-form stirrup is decorated in low relief with vegetal scrolls inhabited by lions, dogs and birds, motifs possibly inspired by …

Art Museums

In the Style of Kano Eitoku | Women at Chinese Court | Japan | Momoyama period (1573–1615) | The Met

In this painting, a vivacious scene of Chinese court life, the grace of the palace beauties is accentuated by their poses, especially that of the …

Art Museums

Buddhist Vestment (Kesa) Made from a Noh Costume (Karaori) with Autumn Grasses and Butterflies | Japan | Edo period (1615–1868) | The Met

Buddhist vestments were often made from donated garments or textiles. Perhaps ironically, this kesa, once used by an old monk, was probably fashioned …

Japan

From the Best Vermeers Ever to Trump’s Bogus Renoir: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Art World<p>Catch up on the week's art news—fast.<p>,<p>Another week, another avalanche of art news. How to make sense of it all? Here, artnet News’s …

Art

Doorjamb from a Temple of Ramesses II | New Kingdom, Ramesside | The Met

These colossal blocks come from a large gateway erected in commemoration of one of Ramesses II's royal jubilees. Two offering scenes are set one …

Ancient History

Returning to Iran, Japanese artist finds his oil sculpture ‘frozen in time’

TEHRAN, Iran — Forty years after his “oil pool” sculpture became the centerpiece of Tehran’s first-ever modern art museum, its Japanese creator …

Art

Akhenaten Sacrificing a Duck | New Kingdom, Amarna Period | The Met

The pharaoh Akhenaten believed that light was the only divine power in the universe and that the solar disk was the means through which this power …

Art Museums

Three to see: New York

Why are animal mummies the most numerous artefacts from Ancient Egypt? The <b>Brooklyn Museum</b> explores this question through its outstanding collection …

Ancient Egypt

Seated Statue of Hatshepsut | New Kingdom | The Met

Hatshepsut, the most successful of several female rulers of ancient Egypt, declared herself king sometime between years 2 and 7 of the reign of her …

Ancient History

Relief block from a building of Amenemhat I | Middle Kingdom | The Met

Amenemhat I, known to have been by birth from the south of Egypt, may have served as vizier to King Mentuhotep IV and as such may have been …

Art Museums

Votive Tablet | China | Tang dynasty (618–907) | The Met

<b>Inscription:</b> On reverse: Xiantongshi yi nian qi yue shi wu ri zaoyin xiang yi zun he yi zi nian ba red xiao fu mu yin jiao zhung sheng xian tongzi fu …

China

The Art World Star You’ve Never Heard Of

Most galleries do their utmost to get the artists they represent into museum collections. It increases prestige for everyone involved and, in the …

Art

Dive Into the Buddhist Cosmos at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Visit any yoga studio, wellness center, or trendy home decor store, and you’re bound to find a decorative Buddha seated in a cross-legged lotus …

Buddhism

Mind Bending Art Takes Hold At Tate Modern

Tate Modern's new exhibition is like wandering inside the mind of an artist, and it's both eerie and fascinating.<p>We enter a labyrinth of corridors as …

Art

Is Kusama 'Pumpkins' exhibit at DMA 'silly and contrived' or a serious work of sculpture?

Yayoi Kusama is an elderly Japanese artist (born in 1929) who has worked the last four decades from a mental hospital in Tokyo, to which she admitted …

Art

Londoner's Diary: The Londoner makes a date with Tate for Progress 1000 Party

The Londoner held court at Tate Modern last night, where The Evening Standard hosted its annual Progress 1000 List, celebrating the city's heroes, …

Tate Modern

Culture highlights: what to see this week in the UK

From Armando Iannucci’s Soviet satire to Metallica live, here’s our pick of the best films, gigs, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance in the next seven days<p>Five of the best ... films<p><b>1</b> <b>The Death of Stalin</b> (15)<p><i>(Armando Iannucci, 2017, Fra/UK) 107 mins</i><p>Soviet skulduggery in the style of The Thick …

Culture

Relief panel | Assyrian | Neo-Assyrian | The Met

This panel from the Northwest Palace at Nimrud (ancient Kalhu) depicts a winged supernatural figure. Such figures appear throughout the palace, …

Ancient History

SNL’s Chris Redd and Luke Null, MCA Hearts Chicago, and more of the best things to do in Chicago this weekend

Here's some of the events we recommend for your weekend:<br>…

Chicago

Ding Fuzhi | Fruit | China | The Met

With the discovery of oracle-bone scripts at the turn of the twentieth century, painting was stimulated by another wave of influence from …

Art Museums

Funerary Pagoda with Four Buddhas | China (probably Shandong province) | Northern Qi dynasty (550–577) | The Met

The construction of small, square, pagoda-like shrines appears to have begun in China during the Northern Qi period, and flourished through the Tang …

Archaeology

Rubbing of a Northern Wei Dynasty Procession of Male Donors | China | Northern Wei dynasty (386–534) | The Met

Art Museums