Wild Creations Digital Access: Lady Murasaki Shikibu’s “The Tale of Genji”

Join the Museum of Fine Arts curatorial team as we explore artwork by women artists in the museum’s collection. Wild Creations is designed to showcase the powerful contributions of women artists throughout history, while offering participants an opportunity to examine structural forces that have led to inequality in the art world.

In Workshop 2, we’re highlighting a folding screen from our Asian Collection based on the Chinese novel, The Tale of Genji by Lady Murasaki Shikibu. To get started, follow this lesson guide  with a quiz by MFA Curatorial Assistant Stephanie Chill that explores Shikibu’s upbringing and the impact of her book. Then, watch this video with Chill, who provides background about the storytelling folding screen, and in-depth details on each of its six panels. Click here to submit your quiz answers to be eligible for prizes, and look for a special Wild Creations tour once our museum reopens!

Thank you for participating — and for becoming your very own Wild Creation.


Image credit: Unknown Japanese Artist, Folding screen depicting scenes from The Tale of Genji, Genroku period (1688–1704), Ink, color and gold on paper, Museum purchase with funds donated by John E. Schloder in memory of his father, Charles Schloder