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<em>Bodhisattva of Compassion Seated in Royal Ease</em> at the Denver Art Museum
Bodhisattva of Compassion Seated in Royal Ease at the Denver Art Museum

Bodhisattva of Compassion Seated in Royal Ease depicts the bodhisattva Guanyin gazing down as if listening intently to its devotees. Guanyin’s name means “the one who always hears.” Discover what makes this 1,000-year-old sculpture a masterpiece with Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the Denver Art Museum.

Robert Henri, <em>Tom Po Qui (Water of Antelope Lake/Indian Girl/Ramoncita)</em>
Robert Henri, Tom Po Qui (Water of Antelope Lake/Indian Girl/Ramoncita)

The performance of indigenous identity through the lens of early 20th-century Modernism.

Francisco Clapera, set of sixteen casta paintings
Francisco Clapera, set of sixteen casta paintings

These challenging paintings visually separate Indigenous Americans from the Spanish elite; most were exported.

Casta painting in the Spanish Americas
Casta painting in the Spanish Americas

These challenging paintings visually separate Indigenous Americans from the Spanish elite; most were exported.

Bear Claw Necklace (Pawnee)
Bear Claw Necklace (Pawnee)

Six bears were required to create this necklace, meant imbue the Pawnee chief with protection and power.

The lure of the American Southwest: E. Martin Hennings, <em>Rabbit Hunt</em>
The lure of the American Southwest: E. Martin Hennings, Rabbit Hunt

The Southwest became a hub for artists seeking “quintessentially American” subjects beyond New York and Chicago.