The Poetry of Nature in Japanese Art

John T. Carpenter, Mary Griggs Burke Curator of Japanese Art, The Met

“Popular Verse in Late-Edo Painting, Prints, and Books”

Prints and paintings by artists of the Ukiyo-e school, which focused on depicting courtesans and Kabuki actors, are often enlivened by inscriptions of playful verse called kyōka, literally “mad poems.” Oftentimes, anthologies of kyōka were published as books with lavish, woodblock printed illustrations. The clever wit of text-image interaction in such pictorial works will be translated and explicated.











When: Tue., March 20, 2018 at 11:00 am
Where: Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Ave.
212-535-7710
Price: $30, includes museum admission
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John T. Carpenter, Mary Griggs Burke Curator of Japanese Art, The Met

“Popular Verse in Late-Edo Painting, Prints, and Books”

Prints and paintings by artists of the Ukiyo-e school, which focused on depicting courtesans and Kabuki actors, are often enlivened by inscriptions of playful verse called kyōka, literally “mad poems.” Oftentimes, anthologies of kyōka were published as books with lavish, woodblock printed illustrations. The clever wit of text-image interaction in such pictorial works will be translated and explicated.

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