The Smithsonian's museums of Asian art, the Freer and Sackler Galleries, house Asian ceramics, paintings, calligraphy and decorative arts. The Freer Gallery opened to the public in 1923, and the Sackler Gallery welcomed its first visitors in 1987. The two museums are physically connected by an underground passageway and ideologically linked through the study, exhibition, and preservation of Asian art.
In addition, the Freer also displays exemplary late nineteenth-century works by James McNeill Whistler and his American contemporaries, including Whistler's extraordinary Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room.
Whether you go or not, Ideals of Beauty: Asian and American Art in the Freer and Sackler Galleries features work from both the Freer and the Sackler galleries: American, Ancient Near East, Chinese, Indian, Islamic World, Japanese, Korean, and Southeast Asian, including ceramics, biblical manuscripts, photography, and other works of art. Each object or group of objects is accompanied by a brief description of its art historical significance or surprising or little-known aspects of its history. 138 color and 3 black-and-white illustrations.
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