Curator’s Choice Lecture: Ellis Tinios

Playful Transformations: Parody in Japanese Ukiyo-e prints

In this lecture, Dr. Ellis Tinios, from the University of Leeds, England, discusses scenes in the Kanadehon Chūshingura Treasury of the Forty-Seven Loyal Retainers — the most popular play in the kabuki repertoire, which became a fruitful source for prints by three leading ukiyo-e (floating world pictures) artists — Utamaro, Kuniyoshi, and Kunisada. Presented in conjunction with the current exhibition The Loyal League: Images from Japan’s Enduring Tale of Samurai Honor and Revenge, this lecture is supported by the Capital Group Asian Art Lecture Fund and SBMA’s Friends of Asian Art, and co-sponsored with UCSB East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies.

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