Great art has dreadful manners. The hushed reverence of the gallery can fool you into believing masterpieces are polite things, visions that soothe, charm and beguile, but actually they are thugs. Merciless and wily, the greatest paintings grab you in a headlock, rough up your composure and then proceed in short order to rearrange your sense of reality. (The Power of Art, Simon Schama)
Colorful Realm of Living Beings, 30 scrolls of paintings by Ito Jakuchu, on view March 20 through April 27, 2012, National Gallery of Art
Masters of Mercy: Buddha’s Amazing Disciples, selections from Kano Kazunobu’s 100-painting series, March 10 through July 8, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Hokusai: Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji by Katsushika Hokusai, will open March 24 at the Sackler. The exhibition will feature all 46 of Hokusai’s images [including The Great Wave of Kanagawa. This show will close June 17.