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The Culture and Arts of Japan (iTunes U)

Seated Buddha Amitabha (Japanese: Amida)

Seated Buddha Amitabha (Japanese: Amida) (detail). Japan. Heian period (794–1185). Lacquer and gold on wood. The Avery Brundage Collection,B60S10+.

A series of lectures in two parts (approx. 45 min. per part)
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This lecture series will begin by focusing on special themes in Japanese art before moving chronologically from the Momoyama period (1573–1615) to Japanese contemporary art. The lectures are delivered by prominent scholars and curators in the field. 

Press the grey "View in iTunes U" button above to view and download the lectures. The lectures available on iTunes U are as follows.

The Yamato-e tradition: Japanese picture scrolls and famous-place paintings
Laura Allen, Asian Art Museum

Japan and the Culture of the Four Seasons: Nature, Literature, and the Arts
Haruo Shirane, Columbia University

Samurai Life during the Edo Period
Luke Roberts, UC Santa Barbara

Stuffed Buddhas: Buddhist Sculpture, Interior Objects, and Consecration
Gregory Levine, UC Berkeley

The Art of Monks: Ink Painting in Medieval Japan
Yukio Lippit, Harvard University

Famous Sites, Great Names in Momoyama and Early Edo Painting
Elizabeth Lillehoj, DePaul University

Kimono Stories: Four Centuries of Japanese Fashion
Sharon Takeda, LACMA

Reading 'The Mirror of Yoshiwara Beauties, Compared' In Context
Julie Nelson Davis, University of Pennsylvania

Collecting and Connoisseurship
Emily Sano, Former Director Asian Art Museum

The Asian Art Museum Docent Program is generously supported by Charles D. and Frances K. Field Fund, Bonhams, and Society for Asian Art.

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