Japan has a long history of praising the talents of great female poets. This exhibition highlights depictions of female poets in Japanese prints, focusing on the two most renowned, Murasaki Shikibu and Ono no Komachi. These intelligent, beautiful court women caught the imagination of those living hundreds of years later and incited the creation of copious legends that became the subjects of No and Kabuki plays, as well as woodblock prints.
View works from the first part of this exhibition. View works from the second part of this exhibition.
Katsushika Hokusai. The Poetess Ono no Komachi, from the series "Rokkasen (Six Immortal Poets)", c. 1810. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. George Mann.