Exhibitions/ Anatomy of a Masterpiece

Anatomy of a Masterpiece: How to Read Chinese Paintings

March 1–August 10, 2008
Exhibitions are free with Museum admission.

Exhibition Overview

The exhibition dissects thirty-six paintings and calligraphies from the permanent collection, juxtaposing actual artworks with enlarged photographic details that focus on fine points of style or content, in order to elucidate what makes each one a masterpiece. The display, which spans one thousand years of Chinese art history, from the eighth to the seventeenth century, examines many of the Museum's finest paintings, including figures, landscapes, flowers, birds, and religious subjects.


The exhibition is made possible by The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Foundation.


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