Since the Renaissance period, figure paintings have thrown off the shackles of expressing the divinity of religion in the Middle Ages, and opened a new chapter of people-oriented approach under the light of humanism. In the following five centuries, after experiencing the styles of Baroque and Rococo, Neoclassicism, Romanticism and Modernism in the 20th century, Western figure paintings gradually shifted from focusing on the portrayal of the outside world to conveying the spirit.
The exhibition, Faces of Time-Western Portrait Collections of Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, is jointly organized by the NCPA, Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, China International Exhibition Agency, and Tianyu Cultural Industry Group Co., Ltd. and it can be seen as a condensed and vivid history of the development of Western figure painting. All of the 56 original figure paintings in the exhibition are from the Tokyo Fuji Art Museum. Created by 52 artists, these works span five centuries of Western art and cover different themes such as mythology, religion, history, customs, etc. This exhibition shows the painters’ aesthetic style and appearance of the times in various periods.