The latest Smithsonian exhibitions showcase Civil War photography, Buddhist figures and Time magazine cover portraits
- By Paul Bisceglio
- Smithsonian magazine, May 2013
(Freer Gallery of Art, SI)
Missionaries brought Buddhism to China by the first century A.D. Within 400 years or so, the emperor was supporting the faith, and even the poor were pooling their resources to commission sculptures of Buddhist figures for worship. The 28 works in “Promise of Paradise: Early Chinese Buddhist Sculpture,,” at the Freer Gallery, show how the faith expanded in China from the sixth through eighth centuries.