Online Talk with live Q&A- Japanese Prints, Publishers and Audiences

Online Talk and Live Q&A:

Selling the City—Japanese Prints, Publishers and Audiences

By 1721, the population of Edo (modern Tokyo) had swelled to more than one million, making it the largest city in the world. Print powered this flourishing metropolis. As artists, publishers and printmakers collaborated to publish single-sheet prints and printed books of the highest order, discerning audiences in turn consumed this affordable art. This first lecture in a series exploring our new exhibition, Edo in Colour, introduces this vibrant metropolis which stood as muse, maker and market combined for vibrant woodblock prints.

This lecture is pre-recorded. A live Q&A with Curator Dr Mary Redfern will be held via zoom after the talk.

Edo in Colour: Exhibition lecture series

In this series of four linked lectures, join Dr Mary Redfern, Curator of Edo in Colour: Prints from Japan’s Metropolis, to explore the detail of these exquisite artworks and the vibrant world they conjure. Offering insights into our new exhibition, Dr Redfern will reveal how prints helped shape and present the identity, vitality and place of Edo, and how Chester Beatty collected these prints and books for his Dublin Library.

These lectures are pre-recorded and will premiere at the times stated. Lectures 1 and 4 will be followed by a live Q&A with Curator, Dr Mary Redfern.

23 June, 5:30pm Selling the City—Japanese Prints, Publishers and Audiences
Followed by – Live Q&A

30 June, 5:30pm Dangerous Places—Theatres and Brothels of the Floating World

7 July, 5:30pm Peace and Prosperity—Picturing the Shogun’s Capital

14 July, 5:30pm Buying In—Chester Beatty and Japanese Prints
Followed by – Live Q&A

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