Egypt and the Holy Land With 19th Century Art — New Exhibition at Lubin House

Jaffa, Palestine by Gustav Bauernfeind  (1888) 58 1/4 x 110 3/4 inches © Dahesh Museum of Art, 1999.4

Although the Dahesh Museum of Art  closed its door in 2007, its collection of academic 19th century artwork is currently a traveling exhibit. Recently, they formed a partnership with Syracuse University Art Galleries.

From March 24 to April 30, 2009, a focused selection of the museum’s finest works will be featured in the exhibition In Pursuit of the Exotic: Artists Abroad in 19th Century Egypt and the Holy Land. Curated by David Farmer, the exhibition explores how artists in that era depicted their expanding world. The most exotic destinations for Europeans at that time were Egypt and the Holy Land, which, for centuries, had been difficult to reach. Egypt offered a mysterious culture and a monumental environment, while the Holy Land combined a historical, religious connection with European tradition and an extraordinary visual “otherness.”

The Museum has limited hours, Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Read the press release here.

Note: Images courtesy the Dahesh Museum of Art from the press ready image package. 

About Hui

Wang Hui lived from 1632 - 1717 and followed in the footprints of his great grandfathers, grandfather, father and uncles and learned painting at a very early age. He was later taught by two contemporary masters, Zhang Ke and Wang Shimin, who taught him to work in the tradition of copying famous Chinese paintings. This is most likely the reason why critics claim that his work is conservative and reflects the Yuan and Song traditions. One critic claimed that "his landscape paintings reflect his nostalgic attachment to classical Chinese aesthetics. Along with the other Wangs, Wang Hui helped to perpetuate the tradition of copying the ancient masters rather than creating original work.

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