The Tale of Genji:
Women in the World of the Shining Prince
Asian Art and History: Behind the Silks
Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning
Marjorie Williams, Senior Director for Endowment Development, The Cleveland Museum of Art
In the early years of the 11th century, Murasaki Shikibu, a lady-in-waiting at the Heian court, wrote The Tale of Genji, the world’s longest and first psychological novel. It chronicles the life and loves of Prince Genji, the Shinning Prince, and the aesthetics of court and culture. During the following centuries, the literary classic was profoundly influential in the performing and visual arts, including Noh theatre, paintings, textile designs and woodblock prints. This lecture introduces the accomplished women in the world of Genji who defined an elegant, sophisticated standard of beauty that endured for over a thousand years in art and culture.
This lecture will be followed by lunch and a discussion with the lecturer that is included in the ticket price. This presentation is part of the Asian Art and History lecture series.