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Records and Evaluation of Japanese Art: Trajectory of Art History Research Viewed through Scholars’ Notebooks

Records and Evaluation of Japanese Art: Trajectory of Art History Research Viewed through Scholars' Notebooks / Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 14   July 14, 2020 (Tue) - August 23, 2020 (Sun)

  
A Peasant with an Ox, By Watanabe Shikō, Edo period, 18th century

This thematic exhibition sheds light on the trajectory of art history research in Japan.

It aims to unveil how well-recognized Japanese artworks were studied between the Meiji and Shōwa eras, from the latter half of the 19th century to the end of the 20th century, through notebooks that scholars used to record their research findings, along with some actual artworks.

Based on their research, the scholars theorized about unknown details of viewed artworks, such as the artists and the dates of creation, and evaluated their own hypotheses.

Through the records kept by these scholars in their notebooks, visitors are invited to re-appreciate the importance and enjoyment of looking closely at artworks.

 

 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.
Research Notebook: "Cultural Ceremony Held at the Imperial Palace", By Tanaka Ichimatsu, 1926, Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties
Cultural Ceremony Held at the Imperial Palace (Copy), Copied by Kanō (Seisen'in) Osanobu, Edo period, 19th century
Peasants with an Ox, By Watanabe Shikō, Edo period, 18th century
Research Notebook: "Peasants with an Ox by Watanabe Shikō, By Doi Tsugiyoshi, 1972, Kyoto Institute of Technology Library

 

Pamphlet

日本美術の記録と評価―調査ノートにみる美術史研究のあゆみ―
Records and Evaluation of Japanese Art:
Trajectory of Art History Research Viewed through Scholars’ Notebooks

(In Japanese)

The pamphlet is also distributed at the information desk of the Honkan (Main Building) during the thematic exhibition period.

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