Surveys the arts of Japan from the prehistoric period to the nineteenth century. Includes Japanese painting, sculpture, and architecture, as well as calligraphy, garden design, ceramics, and prints. Essential themes include...
This course surveys the diverse architectural traditions of the Japanese archipelago from the prehistoric era through the twentieth century. Various building types—including the Shinto shrine, Buddhist temple, castle, teahouse, palace and farmhouse—will be...
“Nanga” literally translates as “Southern painting.” It is the Japanese rendering of the original Chinese term used to refer to intentionally unpolished amateur painting. In China these paintings were produced by scholar-gentlemen (Ch. wenren; Jp. bunjin) who shied away from politics and commerce to immerse themselves in mastering classical literature, calligraphy, music, painting, poetry, and philosophy, and to cultivate deep friendships. The paintings they produced aimed not at re-creating a superficial visual likeness, but at capturing the very essence of a subject.... Read more about Nanga Painting from the Feinberg Collection
By 1750, the city of Edo, known today as Tokyo, was one of the largest cities in the world, with a population of more than a million. Its inhabitants lived within a tightly regulated class system that favored the ruling warrior class and relegated merchants to a position just above outcast. Almost every aspect of daily life, from occupation and residence to the items of clothing a person could wear, was dictated by these class divisions. Nevertheless, radical imbalances developed as merchants accrued financial wealth inaccessible to the ruling class. In response, vibrant theater and red-light districts emerged, providing outlets from the regulated austerity of everyday life in the capital.... Read more about Painting the Floating World: Ukiyo-e from the Feinberg Collection
Offering an opportunity to view works from different painting traditions rarely exhibited together, these galleries feature objects representing the major schools and artistic movements of Japan from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. They come from the extraordinary collection of Robert and Betsy Feinberg, generously promised to the museums.... Read more about Japanese Art from the Edo Period: The Feinberg Collection I
Offering an opportunity to view works from different painting traditions rarely exhibited together, these galleries feature objects representing the major schools and artistic movements of Japan from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. They come from the extraordinary collection of Robert and Betsy Feinberg, generously promised to the museums.... Read more about Japanese Art from the Edo Period: The Feinberg Collection II
This seminar examines Shikinen Sengu, the practice of rebuilding the Ise Grand Shrines every twenty years, addressing these shrines' history, architecture, religious practices, and related topics. Course readings will be in English and Japanese.... Read more about JAPNHIST 256: The Ise Shrines: Seminar
Examines works in the Harvard Art Museums in art historical, literary, and religious context in preparation for future exhibitions. The Fall 2016 seminar focused on the celebrated thirteenth-century sculpture of Shôtoku Taishi (99.1979.1), the texts, sculptures, and relics, once stored inside the statue, and how the ensemble sheds new light on Kamakura religious history, charismatic monks such as Eison and Ippen, and the meaning behind dedicatory offerings by nuns and laypeople in the medieval period.