Catalogue from the exhibition Japan's Golden Age: Momoyama held at the Dallas Museum of Art from 8th September to 1 December 1996.; The Momoyama period in Japan - from 1573 to 1615 - was one of the most dynamic and energetic eras in the country's history, characterized by dramatic social and political change and brilliant artistic innovation and achievement.
During this period the Japanese adopted Western firearms and brought about the political and military unification of the country. The peace that followed encouraged trade and a new market economy, and the newly wealthy townspeople became consumers of luxury goods. The arts flourished, with new styles and forms in painting, furnishings, architecture, and armor. The textile and ceramic arts were also revived and refined with new materials and decorative elements. Foreigners were now tolerated, and their styles influenced Japanese forms and techniques. The history, culture, and aesthetics of the Momoyama period are explored by analyzing and reproducing masterpieces of artists in many media: paintings (including many superb screen paintings), sculpture, calligraphy, tea ceremony utensils, lacquerware, ceramics, metalwork, arms and armor, textiles and Noh masks. A team of leading scholars and specialists in Japanese art contributes and introduction to each section with an essay that places the individual works in a broader art-historical and cultural context. This beautiful book reproduces works of art from temples and private collections in Japan which rarely been seen, as well as the most famous masterpieces of the major museums. It also serves as the catalogue of an exhibition held at the Dallas Museum of Art in cooperation with the Japan Foundation and Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs.
Published by Yale University Press,New Haven and London, 1996
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