APRIL 13–19, 2020


Now Available for Free:
Hope in an Imperfect World

Enjoy this extract from Art Can Help, a compilation of inspiring essays by the artist Robert Adams about the purpose of art in a disillusioned society.
The extract offers short meditations on striking images by three contemporary photographers—speaking to themes of family, humanity, and the environment. Adams’s “Art Can Help” shows us that art “encourages us to gratitude and engagement.”

Learn more about this award-winning Yale University Art Gallery publication.

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The Hundred Birds

19th century
Hanging scroll; satin with silk embroidery, ivory rollers

Listen to Denise Patry Leidy, the Ruth and Bruce Dayton Curator of Asian Art, discuss the relationship between painting and textiles in China and how this object shows an awareness of the changing of the seasons.

This object is currently featured in the exhibition James Prosek: Art, Artifact, Artifice. Listen to the complete exhibition audio tour on the Gallery’s audio guide
or Sound Cloud channel.


Adam Haliburton

We asked Adam, a Ph.D. student in East Asian Languages and Literatures, to chose a favorite object from the Gallery’s collection. He shares his thoughts about The Final Death of the Buddha Sakyamuni (Parinirvana or Nehan), a Japanese hanging scroll dating to 1320–40.
“The variety of dress and physical expression in this painting rewards close viewing. Its excellent condition reveals the care taken to cherish and preserve it. I see in it that the interests of nature–plant, animal, and man–are united when properly understood, and that the wisdom of the Buddha, in recognizing this, prevents despair even in the face of apparent death.”


John La Farge, American, 1835–1910, M.A. (Hon.) 1896

Cherry Blossoms Against Spring Freshet (detail)

Pressed, stained, and opalescent glass with lead camesJohn La Farge demonstrated extraordinary inventiveness in his manipulation of glass. He introduced new techniques and experimented with others, including embedding bits of broken glass within glass to create what he called “broken jewels.” See if you can find examples of this technique in this detail of the larger stained-glass window.



Surimono (“printed things” in Japanese) were deluxe, privately published types of Japanese woodblock prints that flourished in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These objects were often produced to commemorate special occasions, particularly the arrival of spring.


The Private World of Surimono: Japanese Prints from the Virginia Shawan Drosten and Patrick Kenadjian Collection

Sadako Ohki with Adam Haliburton

This publication serves as a critical resource for scholars of Japanese art and history and offers general readers insight into this rare and innovative print form. Learn more. Buy the publication from Yale University Press.


Yale University Art Gallery in the News

Antiques and The Arts Weekly, March 27, 2020: “‘James Prosek: Art, Artifact, Artifice’ At Yale University Art Gallery”

Connecticut Post, April 3, 2020: “New Haven museums reinstalling exhibits, adding to online inventory”

zip06.com, April 7, 2020: “Mad About Missing March Madness? Yale Art Gallery Offers Fun and Games”

Yale Office of International Students & Scholars News, April 9, 2020: “Access Yale Treasures Online”

National Parks Conservation Association, Spring 2020: “Seeing the Light”



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Images: Robert Benjamin, Walker at Pawnee National Grassland (detail), 1996. Chromogenic print. Yale University Art Gallery, Gift of Kerstin and Robert Adams. © Robert Benjamin | Cover of Robert Adams‘s Art Can Help (2017) | The Hundred Birds, Chinese, China,19th century. Hanging scroll; satin with silk embroidery, ivory rollers. Yale University Art Gallery, Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. William H. Moore | View of the exhibition James Prosek: Art, Artifact, Artifice, Yale University Art Gallery | Attributed to Myoson, The Final Death of the Buddha Sakyamuni (Parinirvana or Nehan), 1320–40. Hanging scroll: ink, color, gold pigment, and cut gold on silk. Yale University Art Gallery, Purchased with funds from The Japan Foundation Endowment of the Council on East Asian Studies and the Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Class of 1913, Fund | John La Farge, Cherry Blossoms Against Spring Freshet (detail), 1882–83. Pressed, stained, and opalescent glass with lead cames. Yale University Art Gallery, Purchased with gifts from: Friends of American Arts at Yale; Mr. and Mrs. James E. Duffy, B.S. 1951; the family, colleagues, and friends of Katherine Atwater Folds in her memory; and friends of E.B. Smith, Jr., Class of 1966. Purchased with funds established by: Iola S. Haverstick; Peter B. Cooper, B.A. 1960, LL.B. 1964, M.U.S. 1965, and Field C. McIntyre; Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Coyle, LL.B. 1943; and Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., B.A. 1913. Purchased by exchange from art donated by: Doris M. Brixley and Nathalie Penrose Swetland; J. Davenport Wheeler, B.A. 1858; Edith Malvina K. Wetmore; Mrs. Harvey K. Smith; Loomis Havermeyer, PH.B. 1910; Mrs. Robert R. French; Olive Louise Dann; Mr. and Mrs. Sidney W. Peloubet; Mrs. Paul Moore; Charles Stetson, B.A. 1900; Mrs. Thomas Walter Swann; Misses Emilie L. and Olga V. Loebig; Mrs. Norman Williams; Daniel Merriman; John Barclay, B.A. 1936, in memory of Benjamin R. Sturgis, B.A. 1931, LL.B. 1934; Kathryn E. Pennicuik in memory of James E.G. Fravell, Class of 1919; and the Katharine Ordway and Mabel Brady Garvan Collections | Cover of The Private World of Surimono: Japanese Prints from the Virginia Shawan Drosten and Patrick Kenadjian Collection (2020) | “Text and Subtext in Japanese Poetry Prints,” Lecture given by John T. Carpenter, March 6, 2020, Yale University Art Gallery. YouTube video, 1:18:22 | View of Yale University Art Gallery’s Bob and Happy Doran Tea Gate.