Assistant Professor SETO Haruka

Affiliations :

Self-Directed Learning

Since childhood, I have enjoyed drawing pictures, reading historical manga, and watching TV programs and movies about European art. One of those films was The Da Vinci Code (2006), adapted from the novel by Dan Brown. Based on a new (albeit questionable) reading of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, the film taught me that a work of art was always open to interpretation. I was about seventeen years old at the time. When in university, I wanted to study both my beloved fine arts and history, so art history was an obvious choice. I threw myself into research that continues to this day.
Recently I discovered a new hobby and a novel line of inquiry in 3DCG animation (a long-term interest of mine). It might be possible to use this approach to recreate spaces and places where various works of art were exhibited, or to reconstruct spaces within paintings. At present, I am guiding myself in learning to handle this new medium, trying whatever fascinates me at the moment.

  • Research, History
  • Books, papers, etc.
  • Personal History
    Born Asahikawa, Hokkaido.
    Graduated from the Faculty of Humanities, Hirosaki University
    Received M. A. and Ph.D. in Literature at the Graduate School of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University

    2018-2019 Research Assistant (Literature), Graduate School of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University
    2019-2021 Research Fellow of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (DC2)
    2021-2022 Part-time Administrative Assistant, Tohoku University Museum
    2022 Current position
    Ph. D. (Literature)
    Italian Art History
    Research Subject
    Formation and sources of Mannerism in the 16th-century Florence paintings
    16th-century Florence Art, Paragone
    The Japan Art History Society; The Japanese Society for Aesthetics
  • Academic Papers
    “A consideration of masklike faces in the portraits of Agnolo Bronzino,” in The Procedings of the Young Researcher Forum in the 66th National Congress of the Japanese Society for Aesthetics, 2016, 121-130.
    “Lettere di Artisti a Benedetto Varchi: Lettera del Bronzino,” in Art History, no. 40 (2019), 119-145 (Japanese Translation with Annotations).
    “Bronzino and North Italian Painting: The significance of the Portrait of Cosimo I in Armour (Gallerie degli Uffizi),” in Bigaku (Aesthetics), vol. 71, no. 1 (2020), 109-120.