Five Beautiful Women by Katsushika Hokusai

“Five Beautiful Women,” by Katsushika Hokusai, on display at the Seattle Asian Art Museum, depicts five women of different social backgrounds in an intriguing hierarchy. Painted on silk around the year 1810, the work prompts the viewer to consider clothing and its relationship to our identity. Discover more about Hokusai and this ukiyo-e masterpiece from Amada Cruz, Illsley Ball Nordstrom Director and CEO of the Seattle Art Museum, in this episode.

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