Here at the Freer|Sackler, we hope to encourage enjoyment and understanding of the arts of Asia and the cultures that produced them. We use works of art to inspire study and provoke thought. These resources are compiled by our Education Department for teachers, students, and anyone looking to learn more about our collection. For more information, please contact asiateachers @ si.edu.
How many different animals can you find in this detail from a 19th-century Indian painting in our collection? See the full image at http://www.asia.si.edu/collections/edan/object.cfm?q=fsg_F1907.624 F1907.624 #FSMiniLesson
With the incorporation of the Buddha’s human image into art, sculptors began to depict legends surrounding the Buddha. These legends and historical events were turned into a clear story line that usually centers on the main events in the Buddha’s life, the Four Great Miracles, which were frequently depicted on relief panels such as this. Here we see his birth, enlightenment, sermon, and nirvana. http://www.asia.si.edu/collections/edan/object.cfm?q=fsg_F1949.9a-d F1949.9a-d #FSIntroToBuddhism
The 1917 self-portrait of Kohno Michisei in our collection was modeled after Albrecht Durer's 1500 self-portrait (bottom). Look at the colors, shapes, and lines of the two portraits. How are they similar? What are the artists trying to convey with their portraits? Top: S1998.115 http://www.asia.si.edu/collections/singleObject.cfm?ObjectNumber=S1998.115 Bottom: http://www.pinakothek.de/en/albrecht-duerer/self-portrait-fur-trimmed-robe #FSMiniLesson