Wednesday, 3:00pm - 5:45pm
This seminar explores the history of painting during Japan’s Edo period (1615-1868). Along with an introduction to major artists and schools, the course will examine themes such as the formats and materiality of Japanese painting, aesthetics and connoisseurship, display practices, seasonality, the relationship to poetry and literary traditions, the influence of European pictorialism, and the status of the painter. There are no prerequisites. Offered concurrently with the major exhibition of Edo painting from the Feinberg Collection featured at the Harvard Art Museums during the spring semester, numerous sessions will be held in the galleries and study centers of the museum.