Professor OZAKI Akihiro

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Encounters with art and surprises – It all starts with a journey

I first saw an original Rembrandt painting in spring of 1977. Despite choosing to major in art history, I lacked any complete plan for my studies and ultimately escaped to Europe to do an art pilgrimage. The 17th century Dutch artist Rembrandt was one of the painters that deeply impressed me at the time. However, I did not have the slightest idea why his art captivated me so much, or what was the meaning of the darkness permeating each painting.
I gained a first glimpse at the answers more than ten years later. I was staying in Holland as an exchange student, but also allotted some time to travel around Italy and examine Michelangelo’s painting in the Sistine Chapel in Vatican. I will never forget the experience. The realization hit me during my visit to the Louvre Museum in Paris. In the 17th century the existence of God ceased to be an axiom. Could it be that artists emerged in those uncertain times who chose to express existence through shadows rather than light (heretic artist Caravaggio would be another example)? The words “paradoxical artist” fleeted through my mind. That was the moment I stepped out of darkness and into the light.

  • Research, History
  • Books, papers, etc.
  • Courses
    Aesthetics and History of European Fine Arts (Advanced Laboratory Work); Aesthetics and History of European Fine Arts (Advanced Lecture); Aesthetics and History of European Fine Arts (Advanced Seminar)
    Personal History
    Born Fukui.

    Graduated from the Faculty of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University
    Left the doctoral program at the Graduate School of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University

    Research Associate, Faculty of Arts and Letters, Tohoku University
    Lecturer, Associate Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Hirosaki University
    Professor, Faculty of Humanities, Hirosaki University
    Current position
    M.A. (Literature)
    Art Theory; “Japanology”; History of European Fine Arts
    Research Subject
    My main goal as a researcher is to find ways to address crucial issues of today within my field of study. I also would like to make sure that Humanities on the whole make contribution to the society.
    “Japanology”; “aesthetics” (kanseigaku); Netherlands; history of Dutch painting; history of East-West exchange; world art history
    The Japan Art History Society; The Japanese Society for Aesthetics; Historians of Netherlandish Art
    Database of Researchers Information
  • Books
    『西洋絵画の巨匠 (5) フェルメール』、小学館、2006
    『カーレル・ファン・マンデル「北方画家列伝」注解』、中央公論美術出版、2014(translation collaborator; co-editor)
    Academic Papers
    "Vermeer's Love Letter and the East," in How to Learn?: Nippon/Japan as Object, Nippon/Japan as Method, Mimesis, Milano, 2017, 73-90
    "Painted Image of Chinese Porcelain-Symbols of Holland as Seen in Still-Life Paintings," in Art History (Dep. of Aesthetics and Art History, Tohoku Univ.) 34(2013), 1-12
    "The Artistic Challenges of Rembrandt as Painter-Printmaker," in Rembrandt: The Quest for Chiaroscuro, Tokyo, 2012, 107-117
    "Rembrandt's Nude: Study of Danaë," in Rembrandt and Dutch History Painting in the 17th Century, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 2004, 111-122
    "Rembrandt and Melancholy--Transgressing between Allegory and Reality---," in Rembrandt as Norm and Anti-Norm, Graduate School of Letters Kyoto University, 2004, 61-92
    2016 Abe Jiro Arts Prize, Sakata City Board of Education