The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Thursday, June 30, 2016


The Story of the 47 Ronin at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Tale of the Forty-Seven Ronin: Act XI, Second Episode The ronin are attempting to break into the residence of Kira by forcing out the shutters with bent bamboos. By Hiroshige Ando (1797-1858) – AGGV 1962.216.001
VICTORIA, BC.- An honourable and tragic tale of the samurai of Japan is being told in a captivating new exhibition at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

Virtuous Vendetta: The Story of the 47 Ronin in Prints runs from December 7, 2012 through March 31, 2013 in the AGGV’s Drury Gallery.

“This true story, which took place between 1701 and 1703, embodies the highest loyalty capable of members of the samurai class and dramatically illustrates the finest qualities in the samurai code of honour. It is the most celebrated example of loyalty and warrior ethics in Japanese history,” explains AGGV Curator of Asian Art, Barry Till.

The saga of the 47 Ronin began in 1700 when Lord Asano Naganori under the guidance of Lord Kira Yoshinaka, was commissioned to look after the emperor’s envoys during their visit to the shogun’s court. Lord Kira, known to be greedy and unethical, rudely insulted Lord Asano for refusing to bribe him for advice on official etiquette. Asano was so humiliated that in a rage, he drew his sword and wounded his tormentor on the forehead. To draw one’s sword within the shogun’s castle grounds was considered a very serious offense, and thus the authorities instructed Asano to commit seppuku or ritual suicide. With his death, his feudal retainers in turn lost their status as samurai, becoming ronin or masterless samurai. After patiently waiting and planning for over a year, the ronin execute a daring assault on Lord Kira’s estate, knowing that they would themselves be forced to commit suicide to atone for their crime.

Virtuous Vendetta features more than 60 woodblock prints from the AGGV’s renowned Asian collection, many by well known Japanese artists. The exhibition also includes video footage from some of the numerous movies and TV films on the subject.





Today's News

December 25, 2012

Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam: One of the most important museums reopening in 2013

Cindy Sherman at the Walker Art Center is a comprehensive survey of the acclaimed artist's many guises

Dialogue between two masters of color, Johannes Itten and Paul Klee, at the Kunstmuseum Bern

Only known work in Canada by the great Venetian artist Titian, featured at the National Gallery of Canada

Treasures of the Alfred Stieglitz Center: Photographs from the permanent collection opens

Exhibition looks at the V&A's engagement with and changing view of art and design from Africa

Exhibition documents American artists' continuing fascination with the American landscape

Canadian Pioneers: Masterworks from the Sobey Collections on view at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Design Museum in Ghent exhibits works by revolutionary Japanese designer Shiro Kuramata

Fifth year of Artist Rooms On Tour announced: 16 venues will display Artist Rooms in 2013

Diana Venet's collection of jewelry made by artists on view at Valencian Institute for Modern Art

Robert Frost's Christmas cards collected by Dartmouth College in New Hampshire

A huge collection comprising 10,000 of ames Comisar's TV memorabilia items needs a home

Tale of lost military jacket prompts curiosity

Belvedere opens a new exhibition floor space to feature young contemporary artists

The Story of the 47 Ronin at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Ben Ali's ill-gotten gains draw crowds of Tunisians

Pssst: An Exhibition for Kids at the MMK in Frankfurt

Grateful Dead exhibit extended in Cleveland

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Newly discovered Van Gogh sketchbook to be published

2.- Portraits of the Duchess of Cambridge from British Vogue centenary issue acquired by National Portrait Gallery

3.- Foam presents spectacular exhibition of work by Helmut Newton

4.- After 30 years "hidden in plain sight," still life painting is identified as a Gauguin; artwork is highlight of sale

5.- Smithsonian releases Learning Lab for everyone to use museum resources

6.- Angst and deep pockets show state of art market in 47th edition of Art Basel

7.- Christo exhibition falls victim to own success

8.- Sotheby's London Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale totals $151.9 million

9.- The National Gallery explores great paintings from a unique perspective

10.- Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum explores Caravaggio and the painters of the north



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemariasound.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful