|Princeton University Art Museum.|
|Installation view, Northwest Coast American Indian art.|
For all that, the museum has a first-rate encyclopedic collection of about 72,000 works. It's perhaps not up to the lofty standards of Yale with 200,000 works in the collection, or Harvard with 250,000, but it's still pretty damn impressive. (BTW, the extensive renovation, expansion and integration of all the Harvard Art Museums opens on November 16th.)
|Medieval Art Gallery, Princeton University Art Museum.|
|Sword-bearer lamp, Chinese, mid Warring States period, 4th–2nd century B.C., bronze with cast and engraved designs,|
13 5/16 x 5 5/16 x 5 1/8 inches (photo, Bruce M. White).
|Massive green-glazed horse, Chinese, Eastern Han dynasty, A.D. 25–220, red earthenware with green glaze,|
55 x 46 7/8 x 13 3/8 inches (photo, Bruce M. White).
|A lóhàn as an ascetic, Chinese, Yuan dynasty, 1260–1368, gilded lacquer with traces of white and red pigments,|
11 x 12 3/16 x 12 5/8 inches (photo, Bruce M. White).
|Lidded effigy container in the form of a descending god, Late Postclassic, Maya, ca. A.D. 1500, red ceramic, lime inclusions and slip paint in bright colors, 5 x 4 1/2 x 4 5/8 x inches (photo, Bruce M. White).|
|Headdress, Efut artist, Africa, late 19th–early 20th century, animal skin, wood, natural fibers, and vegetable pigments,|
22 inches high (photo, Bruce M. White).
|Carlo Portelli da Loro, Virgin, Child, Infant John, and Saint Margaret, 1565-74, oil on wood panel, |
49 7/16 x 38 3/16 inches (photo, Bruce M. White).
|Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Studies for foot in "Jesus Giving the Keys to Saint Peter", ca. 1817,|
oil on canvas on wood panel, 7 11/16 x 9 15/16 inches (photo, Bruce M. White).
|Édouard Manet, Gypsy with a Cigarette, undated, oil on canvas, 36 1/4 x 28 15/16 inches (photo, Bruce M. White).|
Right: detail of the horse.
The main reason I went to Princeton this time was to see 500 Years of Italian Master Drawings from the Princeton University Art Museum (until May 11th). The exhibition, organized along thematic lines, includes about 100 drawings by such great draftsmen as Parmigianino, Guercino, Giambattista Tiepolo, Michelangelo, and Gianlorenzo Bernini, and extends into the early 20th century with drawings by Amedeo Modigliani.
|Michelangelo Buonarroti, Bust of a Youth and Caricature Head of an Old Man, ca. 1530,|
black chalk on tan laid paper, 7 3/16 × 4 13/16 inches.
|Luca Cambiaso, Sibyl Attended by a Genius Seated on a Cloud, early 1550s,|
pen and brown ink over traces of black chalk on tan paper, no size listed.
|Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Caricature of a Man in Slippers and Wig Seen from the Rear, 1740s or later, pen and brown ink with brush and brown wash on beige laid paper, 6 13/16 × 4 1/8 inches (photo, Bruce M. White).|
If you go to the Princeton University Art Museum, I recommend taking a free, student-run, one-hour tour of the Princeton campus. Check here for information about it.