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Myths, Tales, and Poetry in Japanese Art
- Date(s): 01/24/2012 - 05/06/2012
- Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
- Times: OPEN Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Sunday, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
- Location: Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ
- Phone: (609) 258-3788
- Admission: Free and open to the public
Literary narratives are modified and sometimes mystified in their long afterlives, as their audiences change and expand. So, too, are visualized narratives. Works from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century, selected from the Museum’s collection of Japanese art, offer a glance at the narrative myths embedded in pictures. Featured in this exhibition are two recent acquisitions: Monochrome Handscroll of the Tale of Genji, dated to the late fifteenth century, and a set of four prints, Famous Sites of Edo in the Four Seasons, by And? Hiroshige. The Tale of Genji, a court romance that is arguably the earliest novel in the world, has had a profound impact on visual culture in Japan for more than one thousand years. The newly acquired small-format scroll depicts two of the fifty-four chapters of the Tale of Genji. It is composed of eight pictures and extensive calligraphy that copies excerpts, with some modifications, from Chapters 10 and 11 of the tale. The pictures are drawn in fine lines of monochromatic ink, with lips accentuated by tiny red dots. The painter used extremely economic brushstrokes to delineate the faces, and yet the figures have revealing expressions. According to the connoisseur’s note at the end of the scroll and the writings on the box cover, the calligraphy was written by Inoo Tsunefusa (1422–1485), a famed calligrapher who served as a secretary for the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa (1436–1490).