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Arts of War 271 -- Curriculum / Collection at UMMA

Arts of War

History of Art 271
School of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Faculty member: Bryan Miller (History of Art; Museum of Anthropological Archaeology)

Utagawa Kunisada
Yoshitsune's Letter from Koshigoe: (possibly) Mimasu Gennosuke II as Izumi no Saburō
woodblock print on paper
21 in x 37 in (53.34 cm x 93.98 cm);13 7/8 in x 29 1/4 in (35.24 cm x 74.3 cm);21 in x 37 in (53.34 cm x 93.98 cm);13 7/8 in x 9 5/8 in (35.24 cm x 24.45 cm)
Gift of Ruth W. and Clarence J. Boldt, Jr.

“Arts of War” draws upon art from a wide range of geographic locations and time periods to explore the deep connection between the arts and warfare throughout history. The prominence of warfare in visual culture is striking. It is one of its most frequently addressed subjects, and with good reason—war disrupts daily life, changes society and politics, and produces extremes of experience. From weapons of great artistry to works of art depicting the horrors of war, each object in this section opens inquiry into the variety of ways that people have created art to make sense of this many faceted phenomenon.

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