The Face of Medicine
This event has ended.
In the summer of 2015, forty-four portrait paintings and eight statues were transferred from the University of Tokyo Hospital to the University Museum of the University of Tokyo. These included the collection of portrait paintings that had once hung on the large wall behind the stage of the hospital’s Auditorium of Internal Medicine. There, the portraits of the successive hospital directors aligned on five levels formed an impressive panorama expressing the authority of medicine and the history of education. As these artworks were kept at elevated positions in the auditorium space, the collection remained untouched and well-preserved for a long period of time, creating an environment allowing for the perfect tracing of the genealogy of the hospital directors. Such a well preserved selection of official portraits is particularly rare, so once discovered the University Museum began cleaning and restoring them. Although the restoration is still in progress, the museum is now presenting, with the cooperation of conservator Fujiko Suzukamo, the first results of this work to the general public. Until now, there has been no opportunity to take a close look at the portraits, whether they collotype prints or oil paintings.