Museum of Fine Arts-Hanoi

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The Hanoi Museum of Fine Arts–what can I say? I’m into the museums–is three floors in another colonial era building in the downtown area. Less than one floor is devoted to what might be called “ancient” artefacts, but if I’m recalling correctly, the oldest pieces are 800-1000 yrs. The rest of the museum is mostly painting from the 19th century onward.

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These lacquer paintings were among the most appealing items for me:

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Military themes are also prominent:

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Hauling artillery through the jungle

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And of course, the veneration of Uncle Ho:

 

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Some of this art seems to be influenced by distinct European styles.

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