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The Night of Longing: Love and Desire in Japanese Prints

Following the Government announcement yesterday, museums and galleries in Cambridge will be closed to the public as part of a period of national/local restrictions. So, with great sadness, we will not be able to reopen as planned on 2 January 2021.

This exhibition of Japanese woodcuts and books of the Edo and Meiji periods (c.1600–1900) is based on the Fitzwilliam Museum's collection.

Subjects include lovers in literature and drama, couples enjoying sex or frustrated by desire, and figures yearning for absent partners, touched by the poetry of shared emotions from another time.

These pages were first created to accompany an exhibition that displayed most of this selection for the first time in the Fitzwilliam Museum from 1 October 2013 to 12 January 2014.

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