The Japan Foundation
Sept. 19 @ 7pm
The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
5700 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Special Lecture Series:

Deities in Japanese Art

Session 1: Shinto

in Collaboration with LACMA

Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 7-8:30PM

Free Admission, RSVP required




Rather than a purely academic approach to Japanese religious art, the purpose of this lecture series is to help participants’ locate visual clues by which the deities can be identified and differentiated. The figures will be contextualized within Japanese religious history and connected to their iconographical antecedents in the arts of India, China, and Korea. 

The first talk will introduce the indigenous religion of Shinto and the deities within; the following four will look at Buddhist deities from four distinct classes: buddhas, bodhisattvas, wisdom kings, and celestial beings. 

This lecture series is the product of a special collaboration with the Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA), Japanese Art Department.


About Lecturer


Michael VanHartingsveldt graduated in 2017 with a Master’s Degree in East Asian Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art and Claremont Graduate University. His work as a research and curatorial intern with the Pavilion for Japanese Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has culminated in several notable projects, including a detailed analysis of LACMA’s sculpture of Fudō Myōō and an exhibition with Hollis Goodall entitled “Japanese Paintings: A Walk in Nature” on themes in Edo-period paintings of the landscape.


Scheduled Lectures


Session 1: Shinto (September 19)

Session 2: Buddhas (*October 10)

Session 3: Bodhisattvas (*November 14)

Session 4: Wisdom Kings (*December 19)

Session 5: Celestial Beings (*January 16, 2018) 

*Date are subject to change



The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles

5700 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 100

Los Angeles, CA 90036



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