Felice Beato (British (born Italy), Venice 1832–1909 Luxor, Egypt)
Albumen silver print from glass negative
22.3 x 28.2 cm (8 3/4 x 11 1/8 in.)
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1996
Not on view
Beato was one of the earliest and most prolific photographic chroniclers of Japanese life and culture during the final years of the Edo Period (1600-1867). Feudal lords of outlying provinces were obligated to maintain compounds in Edo (today’s Tokyo), where their families were required to live at least half the year. Lords Arima and Lord Kuroda, daimyo of neighboring territories, resided next to each other in Edo. In this striking photograph, the Arima home is visible on the left and the imposing residence of the Kuroda family is on the right.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 14," September 9, 1996–December 9, 1996.