Saturday, April 21, 2012

Masters of Mercy - Kazunobo's 500 Arhats

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Program: Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly
Episode: Masters of Mercy

Between 1854 and 1863, Japanese artist Kano Kazunobu (1816-1863) created a series of 100 paintings of the Buddha's 500 disciples. Watch our interview about Buddhism and Kazunobu's paintings with James Ulak, senior curator of Japanese art at the Smithsonian Institution's Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. 

Duration: (6:43)
Premiere Date: 04/20/2012
Episode Expires: Never
TV Rating: NR

Personally, this is some of my most favorite Buddhist art from any period or culture. I had the fortunate opportunity to view the collection in its entirety first-hand in Tokyo last summer. As a result, MWZ owns a rare and collectible museum gallery photo book about Kazunobo's collection. Check it out next time you visit the temple!

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