Julie Nelson Davis, associate professor, History of Art, Modern East Asia, University of Pennsylvania

Ukiyo-e images and illustrated books made the diversions and illusions of the city of Edo (Tokyo) into pictures for the purposes of instruction, entertainment, and profit. Taking as a case study The Mirror of Yoshiwara Beauties, Compared, illustrated by Kitao Shigemasa and Katsukawa Shunshō, and published by Tsutaya Jūzaburō in 1776, this talk offers a new approach to thinking about how this book marketed the licensed pleasure district, the Yoshiwara. By reading the album against guidebooks to the district, reconsider how the images and text replicated period strategies of appraising the courtesans and who might have benefited from this performance of beauty.

Program begins Gallery 280 and concludes in Riley Seminar Room.

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This is a private event for Friends of Asian Art members.