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Tale of Genji Album (Genji monogatari gajô) of Illustrations and Calligraphic Excerpts, now in Two Volumes

Chapter 35: A is painting on left, B is calligraphy on right

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Illustrations by Tosa Mitsunobu
Japanese (c. 1434 - c. 1525)
Frontispiece & finispiece by Tosa Mitsuoki
Japanese (1617 - 1691)
Tale of Genji Album (Genji monogatari gajô) of Illustrations and Calligraphic Excerpts, now in Two Volumes, Muromachi period (c. 1509), remounted in late 17th century and again in 1998-99
Transliterated Title: Genji monogatari gajô
Album
Japanese
,
16th century
Muromachi period, 1392-1568
Creation Place: Kyôto, Kyôto Metropolitan Area, Japan
Album (now split into two volumes) of 54 paired paintings and kotobagaki (calligraphic excerpts), with later frontispiece and finispiece paintings
Each volume (closed): H. 34.1 x W. 44.9 x D. 14.7 cm (13 7/16 x 17 11/16 x 11 9/16 in.)
Each chapter pair (approx.): H. 24.3 cm x W. 36.5 cm (9 9/16 x 14 3/8 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of the Hofer Collection of the Arts of Asia
, 1985.352
Bibliography
Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art, Shugyoku no Nihon bijutsu: Hosomi Korekushon no zembô, Bosuton, Kurîburando, Sakkurâ no wadaisaku, exh. cat., (Chiba, Japan, 1996), Cat. 85

Kaori Chino, ""Tokushû: Genji monogatari gajô - Hâvâdo Daigaku Bijutsukan zô" [Special Issue: The Tale of Genji Album in the Collection of Harvard University Art Museums]", (Tokyo, Japan, 1997)

Melissa McCormick, "“Documentation Concerning the Production of the Tale of Genji Album (Harvard University Art Museums) Recorded in the Diary of Sanjonishi Sanetaka.”", Kokka (Tokyo, 1999), No. 1241, pp. 27-28

Anne Rose Kitagawa, "Behind the Scenes of Harvard's Tale of Genji album", November 2001

Melissa McCormick, "Genji Goes West: The 1510 Genji Album and the Visualization of Court and Capital", Art Bulletin, College Art Association of America (New York, March 2003), LXXXV No. 1, p. 55 / Fig. 2

Aya Ryusawa, Kaiga de tsuzuru Genji monogatari [The Tale of Genji through Painting], exh. cat., The Tokugawa Art Museum (Nagoya, Japan, October 2005)

Le Dit du Genji de Murasaki-shikibu [The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu]: Illustré par la peinture traditionnelle japonaise du XII au XVII siècle [Illustrated by traditional Japanese painting of the 12th through 17th century], Editions Diane de Selliers (Paris, France, 2007 & 2008)

Takeshi Noguchi, Genji monogatari sennen kinen [The Millenium of The Tale of Genji], exh. cat., The Museum of Kyoto (Kyoto, Japan, April 2008), Cat. No. 70

Melissa McCormick, Tosa Mitsunobu and the Small Scroll in Medieval Japan, University of Washington Press (Seattle, WA, 2009), pp. 93-94, fig. 35

Exhibition History
Masterworks of East Asian Painting, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 11/03/1995 - 06/09/1996
The Legacy of Japanese Art, Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art, 10/01/1996 - 11/16/1996, Cat. No. 85
Nature as Metaphor: Paintings from China, Korea, and Japan, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 09/12/1998 - 02/13/2000
A Decade of Collecting: Asian Acquisitions 1990-1999, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 03/11/2000 - 11/05/2000
Streams and Mountains without End: Landscape Paintings from China, Korea, and Japan, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 11/25/2000 - 08/26/2001
Plum, Orchid, Chrysanthemum, and Bamboo: Botanical Motifs and Symbols in East Asian Painting, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 07/06/2002 - 01/05/2003
Kazari: Decoration and Display in Japan, 15th-19th Centuries, Japan Society Gallery, New York, 10/17/2002 - 12/31/2002, Cat. No. 18
A Compelling Legacy: Masterworks of East Asian Painting, Harvard University Art Museums, Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 08/24/2004 - 03/20/2005
Cultivating Virtue: Botanical Motifs and Symbols in East Asian Art, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 07/08/2006 - 04/08/2007
The Millennium of the Tale of Genji, The Museum of Kyoto, Kyoto, 04/26/2008 - 06/08/2008, Cat. No. 70
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