The Tale of Genji

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(Detail) Circle of Tosa Mitsuyoshi (Japanese, 1539–1613) 17th century. A Lovely Garland  (Chapter 22) Album leaf; ink, gold, silver and colour on paper, 24 x 21 cm. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New YorkÂ

The Tale of Genji

The Tale of Genji (Genji Monogatari), written by Murasaki Shikibu, a lady-in-waiting at the imperial court of Japan in the 11 th century, follows the numerous romantic liaisons of the handsome prince Genji. The narrative captures the customs, social mores and refined aesthetics of a court of extraordinarily complex political and personal intrigue. Its 54 chapters have been a constant source of inspiration for artists of different schools, all seeking to convey the emotional intensity of the inter-personal relations they describe.

Jackie Menzies is a curator, lecturer and writer. She is an Honorary Associate, Department of Asian Studies, School of Languages and Cultures, University of Sydney and Emeritus Curator of Asian Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales.

How to Book: Bookings and payments in advance are essential. No refunds. Book via email to Chris Manning ( – there is no need to book if you have already booked and paid for the whole lecture series.

How to Pay
1. By Direct Debit (“your name, MENZIES” as reference)
BSB: 012 003 Account Number: 2185 28414
Account Name: The Asian Arts Society of Australia

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5 July, 2021
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm AEST
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