Art & Power: From Pharaohs to Daimyōs
Masterworks from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
23 July – 2 October 2022
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston boasts one of the world’s finest collections of art, covering a wide range of times and regions, from the United States to ancient Egypt, Asia and Europe.
Through a selection of about 60 fine works from its collection, the show will shed light on the relationship between hierarchs and art, in the east and the west.
More than half of the works will be on view for the first time in Japan.
This show, initially scheduled in 2020 to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Boston museum, had been postponed due to the pandemic situation.
All photographs © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Highlights of the show “Art & Power”
◆ Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The fine works on display pertain to hierarchs in the world history, from Egyptian pharaohs, European royal aristocrats, to Japanese emperors and daimyos.
◆ Japanese picture scrolls (emaki)
Two excellent picture scrolls, “Kibi Daijin nittō emaki” and “The Tale of Heiji” (Night Attack on the Sanjō Palace) will be on view.
◆ Crafts and jewelry
From Marjorie Merriweather Post’s favorite emerald brooch to Napoleon’s first wife, Josephine‘s porcelain.
◆ Masterpiece by a daimyo literati
“Peafowls and Flowers” by a daimyo Mashiyama Sessai (1754-1819, in the middle of the Edo period) of the Ise Nagashima domain has been restored for this show and will be on view for the first time in Japan.
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