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The Tale of Genji

Women in the World of the Shining Prince

Stabile Building

Jan 16, 10:30am
Stabile Building 10:30am
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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.

Marjorie Williams

Marjorie Williams

Marjorie Williams, Senior Director for Endowment Development, The Cleveland Museum of Art. A museum professional for over 25 years, Ms. Williams has been on the staff of the Cleveland Museum of Art since 1975. Since 1987, she has been Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Art History, Case Western Reserve University. Her education credentials include a MA in Asian Art History and Museum Studies from the University of Michigan and BA in History and Art History for the University of Alabama.


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