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Depictions of Immortal Poets

Depictions of Immortal Poets / Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Rooms T1 & T2   October 18, 2016 (Tue) - November 27, 2016 (Sun)

 Image of "Portraits of Thirty-six Immortal Poets, Satake Version: Ono no Komachi (detail), Kamakura period, 13th century (Important Cultural Property, Private collection)" 
Portraits of Thirty-six Immortal Poets, Satake Version: Ono no Komachi (detail), Kamakura period, 13th century (Important Cultural Property, Private collection)

Exceptionally talented waka poets were revered as “immortal poets,” and were depicted with their poems in yamato-e Japanese-style paintings. Examples represented in paintings include The Thirty-Six Immortal Poets, selected by Fujiwara no Kinto (966–1041) in the mid-Heian period (10th–11th century), and the Poetry Contest between Poets of Different Periods, compiled by the cloistered emperor Gotoba (1180–1239) in the early Kamakura period (12th–13th century). Throughout the medieval and pre-modern times, paintings featuring depictions of the immortal poets were created and cherished.

Portraits of classical poets have their beginnings at the end of the Heian period (12th century). The first poet to be depicted in this style was Kakinomoto no Hitomaro (?–ca. 708). In the following Kamakura period, the genre adopted the nise-e style of portrait painting, which evolved at the time, and came to be produced and appreciated widely among people who practiced waka poems.

This exhibit overviews the establishment and development of immortal poet paintings, with its origins in waka poems, the fundamental element of courtly culture. Features include the entire collection of medieval immortal poet paintings from the Tokyo National Museum, and additional contributions from the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Kyoto National Museum, Kyushu National Museum, and the Okura Museum of Art, as well as private collections. Portraits of Thirty-Six Immortal Poets (Satake version), is the most prominent of the genre, which is on view together with many varieties of the immortal poets. We hope visitors favor the rich and unique world of immortal poet paintings from the medieval times.

 

 Major works in this exhibition
* Works listed below are in the TNM Collection unless otherwise indicated.
 Major works in this exhibition
* Works listed below are in the TNM Collection unless otherwise indicated.
Portrait of Kakinomoto no Hitomaro, Kamakura period, 13th century
Poetry Contest between Thirty-six Immortal Poets of the Jisho Era: Fujiwara no Shigenori, Kamakura period, 14th century (Important Art Object, Lent by the Kyoto National Museum)
Poetry Contest between Poets of Different Periods, Tameie Version, Kamakura period, 14th century (Important Cultural Property)
Poetry Contest between Poets of Different Periods: Semimaru, Kamakura period, 13th century (Important Art Object, Lent by the Kyushu National Museum)
Portraits of Thirty-six Immortal Priest-poets, Nanbokucho period, 14th century (Important Cultural Property, On exhibit through November 6, 2016)
Portraits of Thirty-six Immortal Poets, Satake Version: Sakanoue no Korenori, Kamakura period, 13th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by the Agency for Cultural Affairs)
Portraits of Thirty-six Immortal Poets, Satake Version: The Great Deity of Sumiyoshi Shrine, Kamakura period, 13th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Mr. Matsunaga Yasuzaemon)
Portraits of Thirty-six Immortal Poets, Satake Version: Ono no Komachi, Kamakura period, 13th century (Important Cultural Property, Private collection)
Portraits of Thirty-six Immortal Poets, Satake Version: Mibu no Tadamine, Kamakura period, 13th century (Important Cultural Property, Gift of Mr. Hara Misao)
Portraits of Thirty-six Immortal Poets, Satake Version: Fujiwara no Motozane, Kamakura period, 13th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by the Agency for Cultural Affairs)
Portraits of Thirty-six Immortal Poets, Age tatami Version: Minamoto no Muneyuki, Kamakura period, 13th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by the Agency for Cultural Affairs)
Portraits of Thirty-six Immortal Poets, Tameie Version: Fujiwara no Atsutada, Formerly owned by Hisamatsu Sadakoto, Kamakura period, 13th century (Important Art Object)
 

Thematic Exhibition Catalogues

Depictions of Immortal Poets
Depictions of Immortal Poets
by Takahiro Tsuchiya
(In Japanese)

Edited and Published by: Tokyo National Museum
Price: 950 yen (Tax inclusive)
All colore 96p
 (A4 size)


On sale in the museum shop from October 18, 2016.

 

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