Treasures of art and nature delight at new exhibitions

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Visitors look at oil paintings at the “Old Masters from the State Hermitage Museum” exhibition.

The Yomiuri Shimbun Two exhibitions organized by The Yomiuri Shimbun and others started Saturday, featuring masterpieces from collections at Russia’s State Hermitage Museum and treasured specimens from the natural history collection at London’s Natural History Museum.

The “Old Masters from the State Hermitage Museum” at Mori Arts Center Gallery in Roppongi, Tokyo, is displaying renowned paintings collected by Russian czars and czarinas.

The museum, located in St. Petersburg in Russia, houses around 17,000 paintings. From its collection, a total of 85 finely selected masterpieces painted in oil during the 16th to 18th centuries are on display at the Roppongi exhibition. The works include “Portrait of a Young Woman in a Hat with a Feather” by Titian, an Italian artist who represents the Venetian school of the Italian Renaissance.

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    A giant tortoise specimen on display at the “Treasures of the Natural World: Best of London’s Natural History Museum”

On the opening day, Princess Hisako of Takamado was among the visitors who enjoyed looking at the paintings.

The event will run through June 18.

Behold an archaeopteryx

Meanwhile, “Treasures of the Natural World: Best of London’s Natural History Museum,” which opened on the same day at the National Museum of Nature and Science in Ueno, Tokyo, is exhibiting precious natural history specimens.

They include items that have not been regularly put on public display, even at the London museum, where they have been preserved.

Many people formed a line for the Ueno exhibition on its opening day, taking the rare opportunity to see the items. This exhibition will be held through June 11, with about 370 specimens out of about 80 million specimens from the British museum. Visitors can enjoy items such as a whole-body archaeopteryx fossil and the handwritten manuscript of “On the Origin of Species” by Charles Darwin.Speech

[Released on March 17, 2017]


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