Kano Kazunobu's phantasmagoric paintings reflect the lives and deeds of the Buddha's 500 disciples, which have never before been displayed outside of Japan.
By Michael O’Sullivan Friday, July 6, 2012
The word “amazing” gets bandied about in everything from ads for Ginsu knives to the title of the new Spider-Man movie. But in the case of “Masters of Mercy: Buddha’s Amazing Disciples,” it applies. The exhibition, which closes this weekend at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, features a selection of 56 of artist Kano Kazunobu’s original 100 paintings depicting the adventures of Buddha’s disciples. Featuring scenes of sometimes superhuman feats, the 19th-century paintings -- which never before have been shown outside of Japan -- at times rival comic books.
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