|Closed||Mondays, except September 20, October 11, and closed on September 21|
|Hours||10 a.m. - 5 p.m.（last entry: 4:30 p.m.）|
|General admission||Adult 1300 yen, Student 1000 yen|
This exhibition is the fifth in our Introduction to Traditional Art series, which presents traditional art genres and their notable features in an accessible, easy to understand way. Our subject this year is a prime painting theme: people.
Today, paintings of the human figure are created as a matter of course. However, in ancient Japan—from about the sixth to the twelfth centuries—paintings of people were regarded as abominations. Yet even then, exceptions were made for painting people who were seen as sacred, who had become the objects of religious faith. Starting in the middle ages (twelfth through sixteenth centuries), however, paintings of people became standard, and all sorts of people were depicted.
This exhibition outlines the evolution of paintings of people and provides straightforward introductions to their main genres.