Detail View: The AMICA Library: The Great Statue of Amida Buddha at Kamakura, Known as the Daibutsu, from the Priest's Garden

AMICA ID: 
MMA_.66.143
AMICA Library Year: 
2000
Object Type: 
Drawings and Watercolors
Creator Name: 
La Farge, John
Creator Role: 
Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 
1835-1910
Creator Name-CRT: 
John La Farge
Title: 
The Great Statue of Amida Buddha at Kamakura, Known as the Daibutsu, from the Priest's Garden
View: 
Full View
Creation Date: 
1887
Creation Start Date: 
1887
Creation End Date: 
1887
Materials and Techniques: 
Watercolor and gouache on off-white wove paper
Classification Term: 
Work on Paper: Watercolor
Dimensions: 
19 1/4 x 12 1/2 in. (49 x 31.8 cm)
AMICA Contributor: 
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: 
New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 
66.143
Credit Line: 
Gift of the family of Maria L. Hoyt, 1966
Rights: 
Context: 

On a trip to Japan with Henry Adams in 1886, La Farge enlisted watercolor-the familiar medium of the traveling artist-to create studies for illustrations and to paint sheets for exhibition. He executed this bold and monumental composition after his return to New York, using a watercolor sketch done during his travels as well as photographs that he and Adams had taken. The Daibutsu, or Great Buddha, a fifty-foot-high bronze cast in 1252, is renowned for its colossal size, its peaceful demeanor, and its unusual site in the open air surrounded by mountains and trees.

Related Image Identifier Link: 
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