This live art-making class is inspired by the Chinese wooden sculpture Guanyin seated in Royal-ease pose, which was carved and painted around 1250, during the Southern Song dynasty. The Buddhist deity Guanyin is the Bodhisattva of Infinite Compassion: a figure who has achieved the highest aim in Buddhism, enlightenment, and may pass into nirvana or freedom from suffering. This statue’s flexible pose of rajalilasana, or royal ease, with a raised leg and casually draped arm, became associated with the deity in the late ninth century.
In this session, we will draw this sculpture of Guanyin with a focus on rendering the drapery and relief designs.
Free registration via Zoom here. (When prompted, click to sign in as “attendee.”)
This event will include live closed captions in both English and Spanish. English captions are available directly in the Zoom toolbar by clicking the “CC” icon. To access Spanish-language captioning, open Streamtext, where you can select “Spanish” to see the live captioning.
Para acceder a los subtítulos en varios idiomas, ingrese al seminario web de Zoom durante un evento en vivo, luego abra un navegador web separado para visitar esta página donde puede seleccionar “español” o el idioma de su elección.
Materials list for drawing classes can be found here.
LATE THURSDAYS! This event is part of the Museum’s Late Thursdays programming, made possible in part by Heather and Paul G. Haaga Jr., Class of 1970. Additional support for this program has been provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Curtis W. McGraw Foundation.
Artwork: Chinese, Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279), Guanyin seated in Royal-ease pose, ca. 1250. Princeton University Art Museum. Museum purchase, Carl Otto von Kienbusch Jr., Memorial Collection. Photo: Bruce M. White