Featured Topic: Asia & Europe: Encounter/Exchange

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The Copeland Collection: Chinese and Japanese Ceramic Figures
Peabody Essex Museum
Online presentation of a 2003 exhibition. "... these colorful animal, bird, and human figures are historically significant as tangible representations of the interplay between Eastern and Western cultures. Their designs reflect cross-cultural influences, and illuminate the Chinese perception of Western tastes. Produced mainly for export, these fragile figures were primarily made to order and destined for wealthy private collectors." With a brief overview of the exhibition and five objects (all Chinese), all with descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.pem.org/sites/copeland/index.html
Talavera de Puebla
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A brief discussion of blue-and-white Talavera pottery produced in Puebla, Mexico, which was influenced by Chinese export porcelain passing through Mexico on its way to Europe.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/tala/hd_tala.htm
The New Era of Ornamentation: 1350-1521
National Palace Museum
"With the establishment of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) in the latter half of the 14th century, the production of objets d'art entered a new realm. In the world of porcelain alone, as painted and colored glazes of decorative designs became more elaborate, this period may well be dubbed a 'new era of ornamentation.'" With a brief introduction plus one-page guide to new ornamentation and glazing techniques developed during this period. Six topics: 1) The Beginning of Underglaze Wares; 2) Paragons of Underglaze Wares; 3) Clear and Delicate Underglaze Blue; 4) Trade and Exchange: Porcelains with Persian Shapes and Designs; 5) Trade and Exchange: Porcelain with Tibetan Script and Decoration; 6) Color Glazes and Overglaze Colors. With 9 related objects.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.npm.gov.tw/exh95/ming/
Exoticism in the Decorative Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A discussion of the influence of non-Western arts -- the designs, forms, materials, and techniques -- on European decorative arts since the early 16th and 17th centuries. With 9 related artworks.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/exot/hd_exot.htm
Imagining the Orient
Getty Museum
Online presentation of a 2004-05 exhibition that "explores 18th-century Europe's fascination with the Orient and showcases works crafted in Europe and Asia that vividly demonstrate the exchange of arts and ideas between the East and West." With three topics -- 1) Travel & Trade; 2) Imitation & Invention; 3) Pillement and Prints -- and seven objects from the exhibition. Six of these objects feature an audio or video discussion of the work. See the MORE ABOUT CHINOISERIE link at the right for a related essay, "Imitation and Invention: The Story of the French Vase."

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/orient/
Toward Modernity: Late Ch'ing Dynasty (1796-1911)
National Palace Museum
A brief introduction plus one-page guide to Qing (Ch'ing) dynasty decorative arts. Five topics: 1) Colors Dazzling the Eye; 2) Unsurpassed Dexterity and Technique; 3) Acts of Verisimilitude; 4) Abundant Auspiciousness; 5) Foreign Impact and the Evolution of Craft Production. With 8 related objects.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.npm.gov.tw/exh95/lateching/
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A brief discussion of the influence of Japanese ukiyo-e woodcut prints on European Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters of the 19th century. With 12 related artworks.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/jpon/hd_jpon.htm
The Floating World of Ukiyo-e: Shadows, Dreams, and Substance
Library of Congress
Online presentation of a 2003 exhibition showcasing the Library's holdings of Japanese prints, books, and drawings from the 17th to the 19th century. Images organized into the following categories: 1) Early Masters (1600-1740); 2) Major Genres: Beauties, Actors, and Landscapes; 3) Images and Literary Sources; 4) Realia and Reportage; 5) Japan and the West: Artistic Cross-Fertilization; 6) Beyond Ukiyo-e: Modern and Contemporary Japanese Prints. The EXHIBITION OVERVIEW provides historical background about ukiyo-e.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/ukiyo-e/
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