The Tale of Genji: Legends and Paintings

British Museum Press, 2001 - 136 ページ
Unquestionably one of the world's greatest literary masterpieces and the finest achievement of classical Japanese prose narrative, the Tale of Genji has provided endless inspiration for Japanese painters through the centuries. Widely held to be the first novel, its story of the amorous adventures of the 'shining prince' Genji and of the elaborate and highly ordered court culture of the Heian era was written by Murasaki Shikibu shortly after AD 1000. Presented here is one of the most exquisite, complete and beautifully preserved sets of illustrations of the tale. The 54 images - each illustrating one chapter - date from the mid-17th century and were executed by an artist trained in the traditional Tosa school of painting. Their small dimensions and lyrical colours call to mind the illuminated manuscripts of medieval Europe. Roofs are entirely removed from houses to reveal small, doll-like figures within. Delicate flowers and plants suggest the seasons of the year. Surrounded by gilded clouds, these graceful paintings shimmer with uncommon beauty and delicacy. Miyeko Murase's introduction examines the paintings in detail, while a commentary opposite each image describes the scene dep


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Written by Murasaki Shikibu, "The Shining Prince" Genji's favorite consort in the 11th century, The Tale of Genji ranks among the world's greatest works of romantic prose narrative. This volume of ... レビュー全文を読む

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