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The Sound of One Hand Knocking: Kano Sansetsu’s Solitary Encounters

Presented by Harvard Art Museums at Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge MA

Apr 14 2021
The Sound of One Hand Knocking: Kano Sansetsu’s Solitary Encounters

We’re bringing Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection to you! Join us this spring for a series of virtual conversations exploring themes and highlights of the exhibition.

If hearts are in harmony, do we have to travel for a meeting of minds to take place? Matthew McKelway retraces the paths of two such “meetings,” legendary for never having taking place, but depicted, nevertheless, by Kano Sansetsu (1590–1651) on a pair of folding screens. Thanks to McKelway’s research, the screens are now titled A Visit to Li Ning’s Secluded Dwelling and Wang Ziyou Visiting Dai Andao.

Sansetsu, head of the Kano school of painters in 17th-century Kyoto, is

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