Crafted with impressive carpentry skills, the furniture in this exhibition represents artistic elements flavored by the literati class from the 16th to the 18th century.
Westerners have long focused on the religious nature of Indian and Southeast Asian art. In an effort to shed new light on our understanding of the art of these regions, this exhibition explores the aesthetic qualities that made them sacred.
This exhibition not only displays Talavera in its splendor, but also illuminates its often precarious past and glorious present. To look closely at one piece of Talavera – its design, shape and production – is to peer into a history that crosses cultural divides.