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Monika Bincsik. The Great Stylistic Transition: Decorative Arts in the Mary Griggs Burke Collection

In March 2015 The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Minneapolis Institute of Art announced jointly that they would both be recipients of transformative bequests of masterworks of Japanese art from the Mary Griggs Burke Collection. With objects spanning more than five millennia, the gift is widely regarded as the finest and most encompassing private assemblage of Japanese art outside Japan. The Metropolitan Museum received more than 300 works, including almost fifty lacquers and ceramics (see John T. Carpenter, ‘Strands of Elegance: A Curator’s View of the Mary Griggs Burke Collection of Japanese Art’ in Orientations, November/December 2015, pp. 85–95). This article will focus on stylistic innovation in the design of lacquers and ceramics in the Momoyama and the early Edo period, examining their relationship to contemporaneous paintings.

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Jan/Feb 2016
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