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Volume 51 – Number 1

January/February 2020
The focus of this issue is the exhibition ‘Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection’, to be held at the recently renovated Harvard Art Museums from 14 February to 26 July 2020. The show features more than 120 works from the collection of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, who first became attracted to the subject in the 1970s. Rachel Saunders introduces Edo period painting within the context of the exhibition, while Yukio Lippit talks to the Feinbergs about the background to the collection, followed by a discussion of ‘Eccentricity’ in Edo painting. Meanwhile Wai Yee Chiong presents examples of ‘collaborative’ works between artists, patrons and mounters, such as paintings mounted with others to produce meaningful juxtapositions.

Also including collaborative works—this time between female embroiderers and male painters serving the Korean court, and between male elite painters and male working-class embroiderers working together beyond the court—is the exhibition ‘Golden Needles: Embroidery Arts from Korea’, taking place at The Cleveland Museum of Art from 8 March to 26 July 2020. Sooa Im McCormick explains how embroidery served to empower women to overcome social constraints, and how men and women cooperated across class and gender to produce works of pictorial beauty.

Pictorial elements were also integrated into the tradition of Chinese cartography, and Diana Lange introduces a large pictorial map of the pilgrimage site Wutaishan in the collection of the Museum am Rothenbaum in Hamburg. Meanwhile, John R. Finlay identifies a previously unknown map of the ‘Garden of Perfect Brightness’, the Yuanmingyuan, which reflects a different cartographic style.

Finally, Fletcher Coleman explores the important role that pictorial ink rubbings of Buddhist sculpture at the Chinese cave site of Longmen played in the early study of Asian art in the US.


COVERTribute Bearers to the Chinese Emperor (detail of left screen)

By Kano Sanboku (act. mid-17th–
early 18th century), Japan, Edo period 
(1603–1868), late 17th–early 18th century

Pair of six-panel folding screens, ink, colour 
and gold on paper, each: 165.3 x 355 cm

Feinberg Collection

(Image © Koichi Yanagi Oriental Fine Arts)

(see p. 22)


Detail of Wutaishan sheng jing quan tu (Panoramic Picture of the Sacred Realm of Five-Terrace Mountain) showing Mingyuechi (‘Bright Moon Pond’) and a white stupa, with pilgrims 
performing  prostrations near rock paintings

China, Qing dynasty (1644–1911), 
second half of the 19th century

Pictorial map, ink and pigments 
on canvas, 88 x 196 cm

Museum am Rothenbaum 
in Hamburg (XX SOAS 408)

(Image © Museum am Rothenbaum in Hamburg)

(see p. 77)

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