Floating Beauty: Women in the Art of Ukiyo-e
This exibition examines historical perspectives on women and their depiction in art in Edo Period Japan (1615 – 1858). Made up entirely of woodblock prints created in the ukiyo-e style, this exhibition highlights female characters in literature, kabuki theatre, and poetry; the courtesans and geisha of the Yoshiwara district; and wives and mothers from different social classes performing the duties of their station, in order to gain some insight into the lives of women in pre-modern Japan. The entire exhibition is taken from the permanent collection of the Reading Public Museum.
Image: Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, 1753 – 1806), Courtesan Hanaogi in Ogiya with Attendant, 18th century, ink on paper, 14 3/4 x 10 1/8 inches, Museum Purchase, 1928.30.1. Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.
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