Asian Art

Persian Art, by Way of Florence

A new exhibition this summer highlights Bernard Berenson’s collection of illustrated Persian manuscripts.

Focus on the Feinberg Collection: Nanga Painting

Our latest installation of objects from the Feinberg Collection features unconventional ink paintings, referred to as Nanga painting.

Renewed Life, Renewed Meaning

The disembodied Buddha hand on display in one of our Asian art galleries presents a unique learning opportunity.

By Julia Leonardos

Understanding Ancient Chinese Vessels

Ling-yu Hung, the An Wang Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and assistant professor of anthropology at Indiana University in Bloomington, shared insights about the current exhibition Prehistoric Pottery from Northwest China.

Juxtaposing Japanese and Impressionist Art

A temporary installation of Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints in the museums’ impressionist gallery highlights fascinating cross-cultural exchange between artists. 

Rare Treasures from Japan

Our collection of Japanese printed books from the Edo period and Meiji era was the focus of a recent rare books workshop.

By Quintana Heathman

Artworks for All Seasons

Quintana Heathman explores an Edo period Japanese painting, part of the impressive collection of Robert and Betsy Feinberg. 

By Quintana Heathman

A Printed Jewel

Curatorial fellow Quintana Heathman reveals details about a surimono print in our collections.

By Quintana Heathman

A Page Turner

Harvard Art Museums staff regularly turn the pages of the famed Tale of Genji Album to display different illustrations and calligraphy. Starting this month, the album will display Chapter 23’s The Warbler’s First Song (Hatsune) and Chapter 24’s Butterflies (Kochō).

Introducing Ai Weiwei’s 258 Fake

Contemporary Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s 258 Fake, on view in a public space at the museums, raises questions about fact and fiction.