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Museums, Art Galleries and Historical Sites

Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art

Yamazaki Mazak Museum

Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art

Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art is a delightful art museum that focuses 18th- to 20th-century French paintings & period furnishings. The collection is composed of Old Masters of the French Rococo period, Romanticism, Neo-Classicism, Realism, and Impressionism.

The collection also includes Art Nouveau glasswork and furniture from the end of the 19th century allowing visitors to experience the elegance of the French “salons” from a historical era.

A Tour of the Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art

Masterpieces in the Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art

  • “Portrait of Dr. Paul Alexandre” by Amedeo Modigliani
    • This “Portrait of Dr. Paul Alexandre” by Amedeo Modigliani is one of several paintings of Dr. Alexandre created by Modigliani in a modern style characterized by elongation of faces and figures, that echo precursors such as Titian, Goya, and Velázquez. The elongated face and highly simplified features in this painting were influenced by Modigliani’s study of Egyptian, African, and Oceanic sculpture.
  • “Adam” by Antoine Bourdelle
    • “Adam” by Antoine Bourdelle is a bronze statue created in 1889 and follows a long tradition of depicting Adam in all forms of art. Adam is the name associated with the first man created by God. It has also been used in the arts to symbolize the collective sense for “humanity” and individually as “a human.”
  • “Resting Troops” by Jean-Baptiste Pater
    • “Resting Troops” was painted by Jean-Baptiste Pater, who was a French Rococo painter who painted several military subjects in the style of his teacher Antoine Watteau. Pater adopted the popular Fête Galante subject matter, which featured figures in costumes enjoy themselves and frolicking amorously in parkland settings.
  • “Marching Troops” by Jean-Baptiste Pater
    • “Marching Troops” by Jean-Baptiste Pater was painted by Jean-Baptiste Pater, who used a traditional Rococo pastel palette, and his most characteristic difference in style, from other artists of the time, was his use of shimmering lines. His most prominent customer was Frederick the Great, who sat for two portraits.
  • “Aurora and Cephalus” by François Boucher
    • “Aurora and Cephalus” by François Boucher show Aurora, the goddess of dawn, waking up the mortal Cephalus from sleep. According to Roman mythology and Latin poetry, Aurora has fallen madly in love with Cephalus and who is one of her human lovers. In this Rococo masterpiece, the blue sky is tinged with pink, and the dawn can be seen with the light above her head. Furthermore, Aurora’s etherealism or heavenly aspects are symbolized by her chariot, her flying horses, and the cherubs. Especially relevant is Cephalus’s mortality and roots to earth, which is signified by his dog, and his hunting catch in the bottom left.

Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art

  • Name:               Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art
  • City:                   Nagoya
  • Country:            Japan
  • Established:      1959
  • Type:                 Art museum
  • Location:          1 Chome-19-30 Aoi, Higashi Ward, Aichi Prefecture, Japan

Explore Japan’s Museums

  • Tokyo
    • Tokyo National Museum
      • The Tokyo National Museum is the oldest Japanese national museum and the largest art museum in Japan. The museum has a comprehensive collection of artworks and archaeological objects of Asia and especially Japan. The museum holds over 110,000 objects. There is also an extensive collection of Greco-Buddhist art.
    • National Museum of Western Art
      • The National Museum of Western Art specializes in art from the Western tradition and is located in the museum and zoo complex in Ueno Park in Taito, central Tokyo. The museum houses about 4,500 works, including examples of painting and sculpture from the 14th through the beginning of the 20th century.
    • National Museum of Nature and Science
      • The National Museum of Nature and Science focuses on natural history exhibits and interactive scientific experiences. The museum also includes historical pre-Meiji science in Japan.
  • Nagoya
    • Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art
      • Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art is a delightful art museum that focuses 18th- to 20th-century French paintings & period furnishings. The collection is composed of Old Masters of the French Rococo period, Romanticism, Neo-Classicism, Realism, and Impressionism.
    • Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology
      • The Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology is an industry and technology museum centered on Toyota’s history. Toyota started as a textile firm and evolved into an automobile leader. The museum is housed in an old red-brick textile factory, and the exhibits start with textile technologies and then introduces the history of Toyota cars.
    • Nagoya Castle
      • Nagoya Castle is a Japanese castle located in one of the most famous castle towns in Japan, linking two of five essential trade routes. A precursor castle at Nagoya was built between 1521 and 1528. After various upheavals, and with the refinement of castle and fortification construction technology and techniques, the castle was restored and expanded starting 1609.

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