|Period||November 27, 2018 (Tue) - December 25, 2018 (Tue)|
|Place||Tokyo National Museum The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures-Reference Room|
|Hours||9:30-17:00; Fridays, Saturdays, October 31, and November 1: until 21:00 (Last entry 30 minutes before closing)|
|Admission||These works can be viewed by paying the admission fee for regular exhibits.|
|Contents Production||National Center for the Promotion of Cultural Properties, NHK EDUCATIONAL CORPORATION|
|Organizers||Tokyo National Museum, National Center for the Promotion of Cultural Properties|
This national treasure, which once adorned Eden, the Hall of Paintings, of Horyu-ji Temple in Nara, was painted almost one thousand years ago, based on the legend of Prince Shotoku (574-622). Now, it has been captured in detail with an ultra-high-definition camera. Viewers can freely zoom in on the images by using a tablet and display them on an 8K monitor, vividly bringing the prince’s story to life.
Highlights of the Exhibition
The National Treasure “Illustrated Biography of Prince Shotoku” (detail)
By Hata no Chitei / Heian period, Enkyuu 1(1069) / Color on twill-weave silk; 10 panels / Tokyo National Museum
Each 1.9-by-1.5-meter painting in the illustrated biography was photographed in twenty-eight sections, which were then pieced back together to create 1.8 billion pixels of data. Viewers can quickly navigate the display by using a tablet, and enjoy 8K ultra-high definition even when zoomed in.