Masters of Mercy: Buddha's Amazing Disciples

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Editorial Review


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.