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Lecture 31

ART HIS 42C Lecture Notes - Lecture 31: Lacquer Painting, Emakimono, Art History

Art History
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Douglas Winther

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Professor Winther Tamaki
Art history department
Art History 42 C
Japanese Art History
Course Code 21020
Discussion code 21021
4 units
No Pre-Reqs
11:00 - 11:50 MWF
Location: HG1800
Kamakura Sculpture
What do you think realism is?
Could be a real life human being
Manipulating the appearance of materials to appear more humanistic
The eyes look animated, deity is in your presence, crystal eyes
Judgement about representations - is it more realistic than something else
When an object/work looks like it can be something in the actual world or
Contains an assumption about the truth - “it is more real because it is
closer to the truth”
Involves illusionism - the woods becomes more than a piece of wood
Why might someone want to create art/objects realistically
To further strengthen your belief in something
Ex: realistic buddha, makes your belief that this deity is real
Notion of getting a reward/blessing/devotion from the deities by doing this
Why do we put inscriptions within objects
Amplify the spiritual power of the object
Prawn Fisher art work
Empty space
Time period - muromachi
Emphasis on the brush strokes during this time period
Rohaku - term for empty space
No color use, black and white ink
What is format
Format is shape, size, and material that the painter paints on
Emakimono or handscrolls
Hanging scrolls
Lacquer painting
Format- Things to consider
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