Painting Edo: Early Modern Masterworks from the Feinberg Collection

October 27, 2020 - October 27, 2020
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Peacock and Peonies (detail),
Promised gift of Robert S.
and Betsy G. Feinberg,
©Photography: John Tsantes
and Neil Greentree
©Robert Feinberg,
Accession Number: TL42147.17
Live Webinar

Tuesday, October 27, 6:30 PM EDT  Calculate your local time

Join us for the program:

Japan’s Edo period (1615–1868) was an immensely innovative time, during which painters belonging to lineages old and new produced a wide spectrum of visually alluring works. Their paintings both reflected and constructed the pivotal early modern era, and the vibrant city for which it was named. The Harvard Art Museums has a long history of focusing on Japanese art, going back to the 1920s. This vision continues with the extraordinary promised gift of the collection of Robert and Betsy Feinberg, recently displayed in the largest special exhibition ever mounted at the museums (opened February 14, 2020, now temporarily closed). In this talk, Dr. Rachel Saunders, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Curator of Asian Art at the Harvard Art Museums, takes an in depth look at some of the remarkable highlights of this exhibition of paintings from the Edo period.

Program Details:
This is a free event, with advance registration required. The program will be live-streamed through YouTube, and registrants will receive the viewing link by email on the event day. Participants can submit questions through YouTube during the livestream.


Edo Avant Garde

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Program Handout:
Painting Edo: Early Modern Masterworks from the Feinberg Collection (PDF)

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Japan Society during registration. Your gift enables our continued development of innovative programs, keeping the spirit of arts and culture alive.

Talks+ Programs at Japan Society are generously sponsored by MUFG (Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group).

Additional support is provided by an anonymous donor, the Sandy Heck Lecture Fund, and Laurel Gonsalves.

This program is part of the Richard J. Wood Art Curator Series, which is supported, in part, by an award from the National Association of Japan America Societies with funds from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission and in part, by support from the New York Community Trust.


  • Oct 27, 2020 at 6:30 pm