Second Draft

It’s Art, but is it Research?

Posted in Research by Michael Skeet on Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Last month I made a flying (literally) trip to New York to catch the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibit, Art of the Samurai. It was well worth the effort necessary to get there (and worth enduring the bitterly cold wind, as well) but while the exhibit was beautiful and I was more than happy to buy the catalogue, I was a bit unsatisfied with it. From a professional perspective, that is.

The problem is with that word Art. The items on display were, to a one, gorgeous. But as useful examples of the sorts of gear a samurai would carry during the period in which Demon Gate is set, they were a let-down. Same applies even in the more general sense of giving you an idea of what samurai life was like, whether or not you’re trying to write about it. I’ll elaborate on this in a subsequent post, or even posts, but I did want to draw your attention to the exhibit pages, which are still on the Met’s website. Follow the link to the selected images from the exhibit, and see if you don’t agree that they’re worth the viewing…

…Even if they might be just a little bit misleading.


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