Masters of Mercy: Buddha's Amazing Disciples

March 10, 2012 – July 8, 2012

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC

Sublevel 1 Floor Plan

Reflecting a popular theme in Edo art, Kano Kazunobu's (1816-63) paintings depict the lives and deeds of the Buddhist legendary 500 disciples. On view is a selection from his series of 100 paintings created between 1854 and 1863 for the Zojoji Temple in Edo. Little known and never before displayed outside of Japan, Kazunobu's series shows Buddha's disciples at work in the world, engaging in a range of activities from miraculous acts of compassion to everyday chores.