Few subjects have the power to command a viewer’s attention like the human face. It is often the part of an artwork that holds one’s gaze the longest and elicits the deepest affective responses. This talk will survey the long history of depicting the human face in Japanese art—from the Tale of Genji Scrolls to the prints of Utamaro. We will especially consider the rise of portraiture in Japan and the way in which portraiture has been shaped by a variety of technologies as well as by several long-lived and evocative conventions.
The JICC Seasonal Art Lecture Series from Emerging Scholars featuring a quarterly ‘Scholar Spotlight’ focuses on new research into the Fine Arts of Japan from rising scholars in the field of Japanese art. This series provides the public with new ideas and research on a wide variety of disciplines and art objects from the ancient to the contemporary, and encourages audience engagement with the research topics.
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