Mimi Yiengpruksawan

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Professor, History of Art
190 York St, Room 653, New Haven, CT 06511
Areas of interest : 
Japanese Art History; Buddhist Art and Iconography; Political and Social Perspectives in Analysis of Imagery and Ritual; Japanese Landscape Painting; Women's Issues in Japanese Art
Japan, Transregional


HSAR 290

Arts of the Silk Road

This course offers a visual history of the art objects and other material goods that people set in motion, physically and imaginatively, across the Silk Roads regions of Eurasia from antiquity through the beginnings of the medieval era. It ranges across a variety of cultural productions and sites encompassing the agrarian and nomadic zones of Eurasia from the Bronze Age through the 7th-century rise of the first Caliphates in the west and the efflorescence of the Sui-Tang cosmopolis in the east.

Term: Spring 2025
Day/Time: T,Th 10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
HSAR 357

Arts of Japan I

Survey of major monuments in the visual arts of ancient and early medieval Japan with attention to the conditions and thought worlds of cultural production. Emphasis on the arts practices and philosophies of Buddhism and Shintō in juxtaposition with the courtly arts from narrative handscrolls to integrations of poetry and painting in landscape screens and picture albums.

Term: Fall 2024
Day/Time: T,Th 11:35 AM - 12:25 PM
HSAR 457

Japanese Gardens

Arts and theory of the Japanese garden with emphasis on the role of the anthropogenic landscape from aesthetics to environmental precarity, including the concept of refugium. Case studies of influential Kyoto gardens from the 11th through 15th centuries, and their significance as cultural productions with ecological implications. 

Term: Fall 2024
Day/Time: W 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM
HSAR 814

Japan’s Global Baroque

The intersection of art, science, and diplomacy at Kyoto and Nagasaki in the time of Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, and Dutch cultural and mercantile interaction in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, with attention to the entangled political relations linking the shogun Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Philip II of Spain, Jesuit missionaries such as Alessandro Valignano, and the Christian daimyō of Kyushu and the Inland Sea. Focus on Japanese castle architecture, nanban screens, world maps, arte sacra, and tea ceremony practices as related to the importation of European arte sacra, prints and drawings, scientific instruments, and world atlases such as Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. Includes inquiry into back-formations such as “baroque” and “global” to describe and/or interpret sixteenth- and seventeenth-century cultural productions.

Term: Spring 2025
Day/Time: W 9:25 AM - 11:15 AM