Reflections in a Yoshiwara Mirror: Representing the ‘Beauties of the Azure Towers’ in Print

SC174340Asian Studies Lecture
Julie Nelson Davis, Professor of the History of Art (Modern East Asian) at the University of Pennsylvania
“Reflections in a Yoshiwara Mirror: Representing the ‘Beauties of the Azure Towers’ in Print”

Tuesday, October 25, 4 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

In 1776 publishers Tsutaya Jūzaburō and Yamazaki Kinbei issued The Mirror of Yoshiwara Beauties, Compared. Featuring sumptuous illustrations by two leading painters, Kitao Shigemasa and Katsukawa Shunshō, this album exploited full-color multiple block printing to represent the glamorous “beauties” of the licensed pleasure district, the Yoshiwara. Professor Julie Nelson Davis’ presentation will explore issues of collaboration between the publishers and painters as well as their larger social and economic network. By reading the album against guidebooks to the district, this talk further addresses how images and text operated to promote the fantasies of the quarter for its audiences.

This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Asian Studies Program, the Department of Visual Arts and the Department of History.

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