Introduction to Traditional Art: People in Painting

The Nezu Museum

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This exhibition is the fifth in the Introduction to Traditional Art series, which presents traditional art genres and their notable features in an accessible, easy to understand way. Our subject this year is a prime painting theme: people.
Today, paintings of the human figure are created as a matter of course. However, in ancient Japan—from about the sixth to the twelfth centuries—paintings of people were regarded as abominations. Yet even then, exceptions were made for painting people who were seen as sacred, who had become the objects of religious faith. Starting in the middle ages (twelfth through sixteenth centuries), however, paintings of people became standard, and all sorts of people were depicted. This exhibition outlines the evolution of paintings of people and provides straightforward introductions to their main genres.

*Reservations required



from September 11, 2021 to October 17, 2021
Open on September 20 and October 11. Closed on September 21. Reservations required.



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