Until Sunday April 24,2016 visitors can see the Silent Poetry: Masterworks of Chinese Painting at the Cleveland Museum of Art in the Julia and Larry Pollock Focus Gallery | Gallery 011.
Drawn from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s renowned collection of Chinese paintings and in celebration of the museum’s 100th anniversary in 2016, this small but potent exhibition features ten masterworks of Chinese art. A fine assemblage in various subjects and styles, spanning from the Song to the Qing dynasties, provides a visual feast: all are rare treasures and iconic works.
Streams and Mountains Without End (detail), 1100–1150.
From the grand conception of the cosmic order in a monumental Song dynasty landscape to the intimate visions in literati paintings, from the representations of the natural and human world to the free imaginings of the mythical and religious realms, and from the pursuit of antiquity to the selective borrowing of foreign styles, these works offer fascinating insights into a venerable Chinese art tradition marked by diversity and transformation. Given that the fragile, light-sensitive artworks can only be displayed in limited rotation, this exhibition provides an exceptional opportunity for enjoying these masterworks all at once.
The exhibition also celebrates the release of a new book, Silent Poetry: Chinese Paintings from the Collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art by Ju Hsi Chou and Anita Chung, which presents the most up-to-date research on the museum’s significant holdings.
A highlight is the long piece entitled Portraits of Emperor Quianlong, the Empress and Eleven Imperial Consorts.
Cleveland Chinese community leader Anthony Yen showing the length of Portraits of Emperor Quianlong, the Empress and eleven Imperial Consorts
Portrait of Emperor Quianlong
Anthony Yen told how only a Jesuit priest and eunuchs were allowed to actually see the Empress or the Consorts.
Here are 4 of the Imperial Consorts
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Some of the CMA International Council visiting the exhibit
You only have until April 24, 2016 to see Silent Poetry: Masterworks of Chinese Painting at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
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