Timeless Beauty

January 11-July 14, 2013
free

Itō Shinsui 伊藤深水, Cotton Kimono ゆかた (yukata) (detail), 1922 from the series Twel

Itō Shinsui 伊藤深水, Cotton Kimono ゆかた (yukata) (detail), 1922 from the series Twelve Figures of New Beauties 新美人十二姿 (Shin bijin jūni sugata), color woodblock print, 17 1/8 x 10 1/2 in. Anonymous Loan


“Timeless” can refer to something that is not restricted to a particular time period or age. It also describes things that are enduring, ageless, and unaffected by time. This exhibition looks at the Japanese genre called bijinga, or pictures of female beauties, from both vantage points, using prints from the last three decades of the 18th century through modern times. On one hand it allows one to compare which aspects artists from different periods seized upon as markers of feminine grace and attractiveness. On the other, it includes prints that have been damaged over time but still retain appreciable elements of beauty.

Expert-led tours of Timeless Beauty are available.

Indianapolis Museum of Art 4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, IN