Lecture: "The Ise Shrines and the Metabolism of Japanese Architecture" by Professor Yukio Lippit, Harvard University
Japan's Ise Shrines are notable for being entirely rebuilt every twenty years, a practice that has continued almost interrupted since the late seventh century. This lecture explores the historical context in which Japan's Ise Shrines were first formalized as a shrine compound, and considers the various ways in whichtheir "renewal" has been understood throughout history.
Yukio Lippit is Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. His exhibition “Colorful Realm: Japanese Bird-and-Flower Paintings by Itō Jakuchū (1716-1800)” was held in 2012 at the National Gallery of Art to celebrate the centennial of the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. Professor Lippit has published widely on Japanese painting and architecture, and his book Painting of the Realm: The Kano House of Painters in Seventeenth-Century Japan (University of Washington Press, 2012) was awarded both the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award by the College Art Association and the John Whitney Hall Book Prize by the Association for Asian Studies.
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