Peace and Prosperity—Picturing the Shogun’s Capital
From the glinting gold that lined its merchants’ coffers, to the peerless white peak of Mt Fuji, this talk takes in some of the sights that were the pride of Edo’s residents. The image of Edo conjured in woodblock prints is one of great prosperity. But even as Edo’s publishing industry flourished, the ruling shogunate kept a wary eye on the city’s booming popular culture. In this third talk introducing our exhibition, Edo in Colour, Curator Dr Mary Redfern explores the contrasts of joy and tension that were foundational to the expression of Edo in print.
This lecture has been prerecorded
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. Lecture 4 will be followed by a live Q&A with Curator, Dr Mary Redfern.
Selling the City—Japanese Prints, Publishers and Audiences
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