New American Wing at Met

From this short youtube video, the sculptures in the American Wing will take a prominent new look. Some of the works by Frederick William Macmonnie, Daniel Chester French and August Saint-Gauden are introduced in this video clip. Unfortunately, the picture galleries will not be completed until 2011, the end of the third phase of the project.

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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