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Samurai in Myth, History, and Art

Sun, 8 Dec, 2013 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Maribeth Graybill, Ph.D.
The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Asian Art

What do we know about the samurai and how do we know it? Since at least the 11th century, warrior exploits have been the subject of moralizing histories, poignant dramas, and countless paintings and prints. But the literary and visual image of the samurai—so often an inspiration for modern films or manga—is far narrower than the image we can extract from historical accounts, and art works created by and for the bushi elite, especially during the Edo period (1615–1868), add an entirely new dimension to our understanding of samurai culture. Dr. Graybill, a specialist in Japanese art history, will examine contradictory images of the samurai drawing from works on view in the Barbier-Mueller exhibition and in the Museum’s Japanese galleries.

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. Space may be limited, so advance tickets are recommended and available online or on site.

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