On this day: Happy Chinese New Year – Year of the Goat!
February 19, 2015 by artstor
Various authors including Lambert le Tort, Alexandre de Bernai (de Paris), and others, Romance of Alexander; Folio #: fol. 130r, 1338-1344. Image and original data provided by the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford.
Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy Lunar New Year! The Chinese Year of the Goat begins February 19, 2015 and lasts through March 5, 2015.
You might see references to this being the year of the sheep, or even of the ram. This stems from the fact that the Chinese use one character (yang in Mandarin) for these three different horned animals, but it seems that the goat is the prefered choice by the majority of Chinese people.
While in the west we usually think of goats as stubborn, people born in a Year of the Goat (1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, and, of course, 2015) are generally believed to be mild-mannered, kindhearted, and quiet.
We’ve put together a gallery of goat highlights from the Artstor Digital Library from sources as varied as the Bodleian Library, George Eastman House, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Walters Art Museum, Yale University Art Gallery, The Illustrated Bartsch, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Scala Archives. Enjoy, and happy New Year!
Eadweard J. Muybridge, Goat; galloping, ca. 1884 – 1887. George Eastman House; eastmanhouse.org
Greek, Head of a Goat, 300-100 BC. The Cleveland Museum of Art
Author: Zakariya ibn Muhammad Qazwini; Scribe: Muhammad ibn Muhammad Shakir Ruzmah-‘i Nathani, Illustration: A Goat; Leaf from Turkish Version of the Wonders of Creation, 1121 AH/AD 1717. The Walters Art Museum
Jacob Jordaens, Goat, ca. 1657. Image © Yale University Art Gallery
Anonymous Artists, The Lion and the Nanny-Goat, circa 1481. The Illustrated Bartsch
China, Welcoming the New Year, 15th century, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Zhao Mengfu, Sheep and Goat, 1274-1322, Smithsonian Institution; Freer Gallery of Art. Image and original data provided by SCALA, Florence/ART RESOURCE, N.Y.; artres.com/c/htm/Home.aspx; scalarchives.com (c) 2006, SCALA, Florence / ART RESOURCE, N.Y.
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