Masterpieces of Japanese art donated to The Met, Freer│Sackler, and Portland Art Museum

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Freer|Sackler, and the Portland Art Museum announced jointly today that the three institutions are to receive superlative works of Japanese painting, calligraphy, and ceramics from Seattle-based collectors Mary and Cheney Cowles. The three gifts together total over 550 works and represent an extraordinary contribution to the understanding and enjoyment of Japanese art in the public realm. Mr. and Mrs. Cowles’s collection is one of the largest and finest comprehensive collections of Japanese painting and calligraphy in private hands in the West, with over 600 works ranging in date from the eighth century to the present day, most of which will be dispersed in the coming five years. In addition to the works on paper and silk, the collection includes over 100 ceramics, with a focus on early Edo-