Archive for 30 Days in Arts

Day 30-Luo Ping

Luo Ping

Luo Ping

From Insects, Birds and Beasts, leaf 6: Ants, 1774, by Luo Ping (1733–1799).

One of ten album leaves, ink on paper.

The Palace Museum, Beijing.

Day 29-Audience Robe

Woman's Court or Audience Robe

Woman’s Court or Audience Robe


Metropolitan Museum of Art

Qing dynasty (1644-1911)

late 18th–19th century

Silk satin brocaded with silk and metallic thread

Day 28-Yang Yongliang

Yang Yongliang

Yang Yongliang

Yang Yongliang, 1980, China, approaches photography in a very unique way.

He studied traditional Chinese art and calligraphy from an early age. He recreated Chinese Shanshui paintings with the use of a camera in order to express himself and the subjects that concern him.

It is a combination of the layout of these traditional paintings with images of construction sites, cranes, traffic signs and more which he arranges in a way that from far they look just like an original painting, but when coming closer one can see the detailed photographs.

Day 27-Service with Decoration

Service with Decoration of Flowers and Birds

Service with Decoration of Flowers and Birds

: China

: Southern Song (1127–1278)–Yuan (1271–1368) dynasty

: late 13th–early 14th century

: Silver with gilding

: Diam. from 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm) to 7 1/2 in. (19 cm)

: Metalwork

: Purchase, The Vincent Astor Foundation Gift, 1997

Day 26-Yue Minjun

Yue Minjun

Yue Minjun



Oil on canvas

220.3 x 200 cm

Immediately humorous and sympathetic, Yue Minjun’s paintings offer a light-hearted approach to philosophical enquiry and contemplation of existence. Drawing connotations to the disparate images of the Laughing Buddha and the inane gap toothed grin of Alfred E. Newman, Yue’s self-portraits have been describe by theorist Li Xianting as “a self-ironic response to the spiritual vacuum and folly of modern-day China.”

Often basing his compositions on well known European masterpieces and iconic Chinese art, Yue subverts the grandiose aura of art history through his adaptation of pop aesthetics. Using both the exaggerated expressiveness of cartooning and the stylistic rendering of graphic illustration, Yue depicts his cloned doppelgangers as contorted and grotesque, all scalded pink skin and maniacal toothy cackles.

Day 25-Buddha Vairocana

Buddha Vairocana

Buddha Vairocana (Dari)

: Buddha Vairocana (Dari)

: China

: Tang dynasty (618–907)

: early 8th century

: Gilt arsenical leaded bronze; lost-wax cast

: H. 8 in. (20.3 cm); Diam. (at base) 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm)

: Sculpture

: Rogers Fund, 1943


Buddha Vairocana base

Buddha Vairocana base

Day 24-Qi Baishi

Qi Baishi

Qi Baishi

Chinese, 1864–1957

Metropolitan Museum of Art


Dated 1947

Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper

Day 23-Rank badge

Rank badge

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: Rank badge

: China

: Ming dynasty (1368–1644)

: late 16th–early 17th century

: Silk tapestry (kesi)

: Textiles-Tapestries

: Fletcher Fund, 1936

Day 22-Xie Xiaoze

Xie Xiaoze

Xie Xiaoze

June-August 2008 G.Z.R.B.

oil on canvas


80 x 93 inches

Day 21-After Shen Nanpin (Shen Quan)

After Shen Nanpin (Shen Quan)

: Shen Nanpin (Shen Quan)

Chinese, 1682–after 1762

: Cranes, Peach Tree, and Chinese Roses

: China

: Qing dynasty (1644–1911)

: Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk

: Image: 78 1/4 x 39 3/4 in. (198.8 x 101 cm)

Overall with mounting: 97 3/4 x 48 1/8 in. (248.3 x 122.2 cm)

Overall with knobs: 97 3/4 x 51 1/8 in. (248.3 x 129.9 cm)

: Painting

: The Harry G. C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick, and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, 1975