Virtual tour of Washington DC area
Siva and consort Uma
SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM-Arthur M. Sackler and Freer Gallery of Art – SOUTH ASIAN AND HIMALAYAN ART
Both the Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery are located on the National Mall between the Capitol and Washington Monument. The hours of operation are 10.00 am to 5.30 pm except on December 25 and admission is free.Charles Lang Freer, the founder of the Freer Gallery of art expressed his enthusiasm by “I am over my head in love with India” after his first visit to the subcontinent. As I casually browsed the Freer Gallery, the beautifully decorated image of Buddha caught my attention. Also, on display were other masterpieces ...view middle of the document...
Also, there was a large collection of lavishly decorated Buddhist, Jain and Islamic objects as well as magnificent pieces of Rajput and Mughal paintings.
Most of the Chinese art collection consists of Chinese jade and bronzes that spans the time from the Stone Age to China’s Imperial period. On view were remarkable representations of Bronze ritual vessels and weaponry from the Shang (ca. 1600- ca. 1050 B.C.E) and Zhou (ca. 1050 –ca.221 B.C.E) dynasties. The exhibition also displayed works such as paintings, calligraphy and other decorative objects. Buddhist sculpture done in stone, gilt bronze, lacquer and wood and wall murals painted for the cave chapels were representative of Chinese religion. Chinese rulers often requested ceremonial music to be played at their courts using the most beautifully crafted instruments such as bells, drums, chimes and zithers. Also on display were imperial Ming dynasty (1368-1644) porcelain and enameled Qing dynasty as well as their paintings. The jade collection on display which reflects back to the earliest ages of Chinese civilization was a means of measuring status in China. Jade was used as part of ritual function as many of the pieces bore a mask motif which meant it was used for burial purposes.
SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM - The National Museum of African Art
The National Museum of African Art is located on the first floor of the Smithsonian Museum and its hours of operation are 10.00 am to 5.30 pm every day except December 25.
After I visited the Vantage Point – The Contemporary Native Art Collection I gained a better understanding of African artworks. On display were beautiful paintings, drawings, sculpted artworks, masks, figures, musical instruments, ceramics, fabrics, beaded costumes and artifacts that explained the history and cultures of the people from different countries and regions of Africa. Vessels were made primarily by women and they were representative of the various regions within the African continent. The African Mosaic collection reflected upon the diversity and magnitude of Africa’s arts. Many of the artworks on display in the Walt Disney Tishman African Art Collection Highlights were inspired by twentieth century artists such as Picasso and Juan Gris. These art pieces represented the African countries, the people and gave a better insight to African art. African culture was based on moral behavior, leadership, intelligence and fertility and these attributes were obvious through their traditional artworks.
Sandro Botticelli and Studio. Madonna Adoring the Child with Five Angels. c. 1485-1490. The Baltimore Museum of Art: The Mary Frick Jacobs Collection, BMA 1938.226
Baltimore Museum of Art—European Art
The Baltimore Museum of Art is located on the first floor of the building and the hours of operation are 10.00 am to 5.00 pm on Wednesday and Friday, 11.00 am to 6.00 pm on Saturday and Sunday, Monday and Tuesday are closed....