Cultural and Museum Studies, Nottingham Trent University
This PhD project will compare, through art historical studies and scientific analysis of the materials and media, Japanese Nanga paintings with the Chinese paintingsthat influenced Nanga paintings. There are approx. 20 Nanga paintings at the British Museum and approx. 20 Nanga paintings at the Ashmolean Museum, the largest Japanese collections in the UK. The Curator of Japanese Art at the Ashmolean Museum and the Curators of Japanese Art at the British Museum have both given permission to access the Japanese Nanga paintings in their collections and to carry out the research needed for this PhD. In addition, the Conservation Scientist at the British Museum has also agreed to conduct scientific analysis of Japanese and Chinese painting collections at the British Museum. This is an interdisciplinary project, drawing together strands from art history, conservation science, and museum collections to create an innovative and accessible research project from key Japanese art collections held by UK national museums of international reputation.
The project will be interdisciplinary, involving art history, technical art history informed by scientific analysis; material analysis through the angle of paper conservation; and scientific analysis of potential light-induced damage to inform display conditions of exhibitions, in particular natural dyes are fugitive under UV light. Extensive research has been carried out on Western painting materials and media, but little research has been carried out in East Asian paintings and little recent research has been conducted on materials transmission processes from Chinese paintings to Japanese paintings, in particular paper-based materials. Thus, this project would provide essential evidence for unresolved art history research questions such as trading routes; transmission process of painting knowledge and techniques; forgeries of paintings; and safe display environments for light-sensitive dyes for long-term preservation purposes.
Member, Japan Society for the Conservation of Cultural Property (Japan), 2012 – now
Member, Institute of Conservation (UK), 2008 – now