A spectacular recent gift from Ruth and Bruce Dayton is this magnificent stone head of a crowned Bodhisattva, datable to the twelfth or early thirteenth century, which is now on view in the Chinese Buddhist Gallery (208) on the second floor. It was carved of limestone at a time when North China was ruled by Jurchen-tungus invaders who established the Chin dynasty (1115-1234). Despite foreign occupation, the North remained a center of flourishing culture, and this fully modeled, dignified, and elaborately detailed image reflects the splendid legacy of classical Chinese Buddhist sculpture.Paintings
Henri Fantin-Latour's Portrait of Alphonse Legros was painted in 1856, when the artist was twenty. Fantin (1836-1904) and Legros (1837-1911) were students together at the École des Beaux-Arts and established a lifelong friendship. Probably painted during an outing to the French countryside, Fantin has captured his friend in a lively, direct manner. Two years later, they would form the famous "Group of Three" with James Abbot McNeill Whistler as a response to dissatisfaction with the academic system of artistic training. Acquired this year as a bequest of Steven Zellmer and gift of the Paintings Council, this striking example of plein air portraiture is currently on display in Gallery 305.