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Virtual Lecture “Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection”


Peacock And Peonies

Maruyama Ōkyo, Peacock and Peonies, 1768, ink, color, and gold on silk, Harvard Art Museums, promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg.

Rachel Saunders, Harvard Art Museums.

Discover art from Japan’s early modern Edo period. Rachel Saunders, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Associate Curator of Asian Art at Harvard Art Museums, presents this free virtual lecture, co-hosted by the MFAH and the Japan-America Society of Houston.

Join the discussion on Thursday, September 17, at 6:30 p.m.

Japan’s Edo period (1615–1868) was an immensely innovative time. Pictorial culture, traditionally the preserve of courtly elites, was in demand among new consumers, for whom it both reflected and constructed the changing times. The full range and variety of Edo painting—from charismatic images of the “floating world” to restrained monochromatic literati painting, and from so-called Eccentrics to classically inflected Rinpa—is extraordinary, yet remains infrequently acknowledged in the West.

Interested in learning more about art from Japan’s early modern Edo period? Explore the Harvard Art Museums’ virtual exhibition Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection via Google Arts & Culture.


Learning and Interpretation programs receive generous funding from the Jerold B. Katz Foundation; Institute of Museum and Library Services; H-E-B; MD Anderson Cancer Center; Sharon G. Dies; Sterling-Turner Foundation; Houston Junior Woman’s Club; Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; Susan Vaughan Foundation; and additional generous donors.