Japanese Art


a) To know the main artistic fields of Japanese art, analyzed in a thematic and temporal perspective;
b ) Mastering the problems related to the study of the subjects taught ;
c) To know the most up to date and accessible literature on the different domains of study;
d ) To be acquainted to the lines of research open on each of the subjects studied .
e) To discuss , in the context of Japanese art, concepts such as " Art", " History of Art", "Visual culture " and " Material culture", as well as artistic learning practices, networks of commissions and means of reception.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Hannah Lubman Sigur


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language





BOTTOMLEY, Ian; HOPSON, A. P., Arms and Armor of the Samurai. The History of Weaponry in Ancient Japan. New York: Crescent Books, 1988.
The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Japan. Richard Bowring; Peter Kornicki (Ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993.
CURVELO, Alexandra, Obras-primas dos Biombos Nanban. Japão-Portugal, século XVII. Paris: Chandeigne, 2015.
FRÉDÉRIC, Louis, Le Japon. Dictionnaire et Civilisation. Paris: Éd. Robert Laffont, 1996.
History of Japanese Art. New York: Penelope Mason; Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, 1993.
Japan’s Golden Age. Momoyama. New Haven, London; Yale University Press, 1996. [Catálogo de exposição].
MASON, Penelope E., History of Japanese Art. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1993.
VARLEY, Paul; ISAO, Kumakura Isao, ed. Tea in Japan. Essays on the History of Chanoyu. Honolulu, University of Hawai’i Press, 1994.


Teaching method

Lectures supported by images, complemented by visits to museums (Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Museu do Oriente, Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga).

Evaluation method

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Subject matter

1 ) Japan in the Asian context : geography, culture, religion .
2 ) The Jomon, Yayoi and Kofun periods through the study of pottery.
3 ) The sculpture of the Asuka and Nara periods.
4 ) Japan´s Heian era: life in Kyoto through literature , visual arts and performing arts.
5 ) Japan of Kamakura and Muromachi periods: the art of war and the warrior class .
6) The spiritual and material culture of chanoyu. Architecture, gardens, pottery, calligraphy, painting, ikebana.
7) The Momoyama period and the arrival of the first Europeans through the study of Japanese painting .
8) The capital in Edo (Tokyo ). The Kabuki and ukiyo -e.
9) Japanese cinema by the lenses of Ozu, Mizoguchi and Kurosawa: an introduction.


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