Monday, April 16, 2012

art: classic, asian, national palace museum, taiwan, sculpture, cabbage

in my humanities class back in school, i was quite dissapointed when the discussion on visual arts was mainly based on western examples. the discussion on sculpture in particular was all about those greek and roman figures like Venus di milo and hermes. i honestly dont like that ther wer too many western references.

how come there wer no asian stuff? like chinese art with its 5000 years of civilization, of the arts in ancient mesopotamia, babylonia or india? hmmm i must be missing something here.. maybe it was jus the curriculum of my former school, or could be the fact that there was no renaissance movement of some sort that happend in asia that is worth studying. i duno.

whoever wrote history has its biases.

anyways, here are amazing sculptures housed at the National Palace Museum in taipei, taiwan.

Meat-shaped Stone
Ch'ing Dynasty (1644-1911)

'The craftsman who made this meat-shaped stone took the rich natural resources of this stone and carved it with great precision, and then the skin was stained. "

Jadeite Cabbage with Insects
Ch'ing Dynasty (1644-1911)

"Carved from verdant jadeite, the familiar subject, purity of the white vegetable body, and brilliant green of the leaves all create for an endearing and approachable work of art. Let's also not forget the two insects that have alighted on the vegetable leaves!"

a ball within a ball - INCEPTION! jus how on earth did they carve this?? mind boggling work of art.

how i wish i can visit this museum someday.

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