Yoshiaki Shimizu, Ph.D.,
Frederick Marquand Professor of Art and Archaeology, Emeritus, Princeton University, and Guest Scholar, Getty Research Institute
Throughout seven centuries of samurai rule in Japan, warriors were encouraged to cultivate civilian as well as martial skills. For the military elite, the mastery of literature and history, informed by Confucian ethics and Buddhist spirituality, were as important as prowess in the "Way of the Bow and Horse." In this illustrated opening lecture for Samurai! Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection, Dr. Shimizu will consider how this cultural curriculum shaped the enduring, but also conflicted, legacy of the samurai ethos down to the modern world.
Dr. Shimizu is internationally renowned for his writings on Japanese Buddhist images and narrative hand scrolls, as well as Chinese and Japanese ink painting inspired by Zen (Chan) Buddhist imagination. In 1987, he curated the ground-breaking exhibition The Shaping of Daimyo Culture for the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
PLEASE NOTE: Although this event is sold out, any unclaimed seats will be released to stand-by guests and will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis. The lecture will be recorded and available for viewing on the Museum website.
Free for members; $20 non-members, $17 students and seniors. Ticket includes admission into Samurai! Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection and other special and general exhibitions.