Portrait of Hasekura Tsunenaga and Nanban Art: Japan-European Exchange 400 Years Ago

"Portrait of Hasekura Tsunenaga and Nanban Art: Japan-European Exchange 400 Years Ago"

Honkan Room 7  February 11, 2014 (Tue) - March 23, 2014 (Sun)

  
Portrait of Hasekura Tsunenaga, By Archita Ricci, 17th century (Private collection)

This exhibit features a portrait of Hasekura Tsunenaga, which is a portrayal of Hasekura in Rome when had an audience with Pope Paul V. Together with the portrait, Europeans in Japan, as well as the Map of the World, a work reminiscent of Hasekura's travel route across the Pacific Ocean and beyond Mexico, are also introduced. These two works are examples of Nanban Art, a style of Japanese art which flourished with influences from European culture.
This exhibit aims to present an aspect of cultural exchanges between Japan and Europe four centuries ago.

List of Exhibits

No. Designation Name Creation
Amount Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
1 Important Cultural Property Maps of the World   Six-fold screen Azuchi-Momoyama - Edo period, 16th-17th century Private collection  
2 Important Cultural Property Europeans in Japan   Pair of six-fold screens Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th century Private collection  
3   Portrait of Hasekura Tsunenaga Archita Ricci Single panel screen Italy, 17th century Private collection