Chinese Art Essay

2093 words - 8 pages

Essay Circles of Reflection The Carter Collection of Chinese Bronze Mirrors By James McRae I was looking for building 125 east 65th street, hoping that I would soon find any building looking like a museum. Finally, I came upon a building that looks like a rich brownstone in mid-Manhattan. I checked the address to make sure that my eyes were seeing correctly, and for sure, it was the correct place.I had to walk up a small flight of stairs and pass through a doorway that was open. I only went a couple more feet before a second door that was lock stopped me. There was a white flat small oval elevator type button located next to the door. Pushing the button expecting someone to come to the door, a semi-loud buzzing noise came from the door. Turning the doorknob, I went inside the China Institute Gallery.Straight in front of my eye view were two young Asian girls sitting behind what seem like a gift counter. I asked them where was the Chinese exhibition of mirrors. They told me that it was in two rooms, which flanked me on my right and left side. The glass doors that lead into the two rooms were smoked color so that you could not see clearly into the rooms. Turning to the door on the left, which was the nearest door when you entered the building. Now, my first thought, mind you was that I was going to see a bunch of glass mirrors, and already I had pertained the thought of how could this exhibition be called an art show? Well, when I open the door was I surprised, for at first glance I thought I had just entered a music museum with gold plated albums? "Where was the glass mirrors!" was the first thing that popped in my mind. I looked around the room at all the encase circle looking objects. This room was not a big room in any shape of form. There were no Statues or any other shapes to offset the concentric shapes. The mirrors hanged almost symmetrically around the room's purple Walls. The purple color gave the room an awe of royalty. It was a carpeted room with just the proper dash of light that was neither too bright nor too dark. In this room a lovely Asian woman, who I later learned was American Chinese, greeted me. She sat at a reception desk that flanked your left when you entered the room. The desk contained pamphlets of the current exhibition and future events coming to the gallery, and Critique forms that she asked us to fill out later when I finished viewing the exhibition. She gave me one of the pamphlet entitled "Circles of Reflection" to help me learn about the collection. Although there was no tour guide available, she was very nice and she gave me an introduction, about the collection. From the receptionist I learned that the early Chinese mirrors were not made from glass but from bronze, and that this collection of mirrors was about 2000 years old. She explained that the pamphlet was very well written and fully of information. Therefore, before continuing to explore the museum, I started...

Find Another Essay On Chinese Art

Chinese Buddhist Art Essay

804 words - 4 pages substantial impact on the Chinese. Quickly many Chinese began to convert to the new religion that was brought into china. In fact, Buddhism would become a central aspect to culture of the Chinese. Buddhism had a great impact on the Chinese, philosophers, and Chinese emperors. Additionally, Buddhism had a great influence on Chinese art, and Buddhism was the greatest foreign influence on the artwork of the Chinese. Chinese artist would mix their

Greek and Chinese Art Essay

2755 words - 11 pages The Greeks and the Chinese have fashioned thousands of different art pieces throughout the centuries, be it pots, vases, statues, paintings, and so on. Some art pieces can be very detailed, while others can be extremely simple. Some art may look realistic, perhaps to the point of looking like it is actually living, while others may not be so realistic or life-like looking. In this paper are also three detailed descriptions from three different

The Discipline of Chinese Painting: An Internal Reflection of Life & Art

1552 words - 6 pages . In Mai Mai Sze’s “The Way of Chinese Painting,” 1959, New York: Vintage Books, Random House, Sze discusses the philosophy known as Daoism/Tao, or “the way.” Before one became a skilled painter, one trained in the personal disciplines of poetry, art, calligraphy, and internal reflection/achievement. Only after reaching this internal state of tranquility between brushstrokes and idea (ie. symbolism) could one begin the next journey to achieve a

Painting and calligraphy are strengthening in the discovery of redefining Chinese Art. Two Defining styles that portray dynastic views

892 words - 4 pages Paintings and calligraphy manifest the many characteristics of Chinese art. Chinese pictorial representations of the surrounding world go deeper than just a simple picture. This can also be seen in calligraphy. To some it may seem as simple as writing Chinese characters on paper, yet both are known constructive art. Paintings are portrayed both stylistically and thematically while a calligrapher creates rhythm and strength with the tip of the

Art Museum Collection -Classical Greece -Roman Civilization -Islamic Civilization -Early Chinese Civilization -Gothic and Late Middle Ages -The Baroque Age

1972 words - 8 pages ideals of this culture (Benton & DiYanni, 2008).Early Chinese CivilizationThroughout the Song Dynasty (960-1279) several technological developments occurred, from the use of paper currency to gunpowder. One of the major artistic developments was the cultivation of painting. The art of painting, combined with the creation Neo-Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism fused, produced artwork that signifies the Chinese culture. Since the Chinese culture

Chinese Music

603 words - 2 pages Chinese music is described as a unique form of art. Even today, the Modern Chinese music has a Western Modern Music style. The music has it's own characteristics and is very much distinct. History Chinese music dates back to 1000 BC. A man named Ling Lun created the first of the musical instruments in China. Ling Lun developed a set of 60 bells. From these bells, he created a mathematical method for creating pitch pipes to tune the bells

Individuality in Korean Art

1056 words - 4 pages individuality. The Chinese and Korean peoples are very different; ethnically, and culturally. Therefore, even though Korea did attempt to mimic styles from the Chinese, it still maintained it's overall individualistic forms. In my paper I would like to emphasize the marked individuality of Korea. That throughout Korea's art history, Korea was not just another, "Chinese province." Understanding the Korean people is important in understanding the

Writing System

1076 words - 5 pages art and the direct ancestor of all the graphic arts of China, for the writing brush has also been the brush of the artist. Whatever the drawbacks of the characters for mass education, people in China still appreciate their aesthetic, if not their magical, values. According to the book “ The Beauty Of Chinese Calligraphy” written by Chiang Hsun, said that Chinese characters, which started from “point”, extend by “line” can show the beauty of its

Response to Chinese Calligraphy

521 words - 2 pages You would never imagine that the beautiful Chinese Calligraphy used and created by the Chinese is a principle of writing. It is actually a non-phonetic alphabet made of twenty-six letters and sounds that are used as a traditional form of art and a way of knowing for these people. However, these letters actually are meanings of adjectives and/or verbs that make up 3200 characters of this skillful art. During Wednesday's co-curricular event, a

The Conversion of China

1147 words - 5 pages similarities and fused them. There were other instances though where the Jesuits made efforts to blend in with Chinese culture. For example they disapproved of many of the Chinese customs, but let some slide for the sake of agreement. They also translated important English and Spanish works into Chinese as well. Another technique for converting the Chinese was the use of visual art. The European missions brought art from their home countries

Chinese Influence on Korea and Japan

1046 words - 4 pages . Tancock 3 Chinese government legislation was a great influence on Korean and Japanese societies. Silla’s government was modeled closely to the Tang Dynasty’s form of government because of the alliance they shared. Silla adopted legal concepts and rituals of the Tang Dynasty and studied Chinese philosophy, art, and literature. While Silla adopted most of the model of Tang Dynasty government it did keep its own feature of utilizing many different

Similar Essays

Chinese Art Essay

721 words - 3 pages Chinese Art      The Chinese culture is a very interesting topic to learn about. They have many beliefs, customs and traditions that make them unique. Art was very important to the Chinese culture. It was a way to express or symbolize emotions. The Chinese display many different styles as well as techniques to express who they truly are and believe.      Art began in China in stone structures

Chinese Art Essay

1198 words - 5 pages China has the world's oldest living civilization. It's written history goes back almost 3,500 years, and the history told by it's artifacts and artwork goes back much farther. The oldest known works of Chinese art include pottery and jade carvings from the time of 5000 BC. Jade is a general term used to describe either jadeite or nephrite, known as true jade. It's composed of several minerals. It's smooth and rich in texture, but it's also

Chinese Art Market 101 Essay

1497 words - 6 pages The Chinese art boom of the 2000s will be remembered as one of the most influential periods in modern art history. Chinese art dates back to the sixth century during the period of the Northern and Southern dynasties. During the Sui and Tang dynasties (500-1000 A.D), China was reunifying, creating a period of prosperity and a flourishing art and literature market. Art during this time reflected many different cultural backgrounds around China

Chinese Art Research Paper

949 words - 4 pages Chinese Art is one of the famous topics in the history of art. In Metropolitan Museum have display a larger area exhibit about Chinese art in Florence and Herbert Irving Asian Wing. In the showroom, they had displayed large quantity of Chinese calligraphy, Chinese bronzes and Chinese ceramics. The history of the Chinese has such a high technic to cast with details on the body of the bronzes. The Ritual Wine Vessels are one of the majorities of