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Director of the arts program, Academic Ventures at the Radcliffe Institute, and professor of history of art and architecture in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Yukio Lippit directs the arts program in Academic Ventures at the Radcliffe Institute and is a professor of history of art and architecture at Harvard University, where he has taught since 2003. He has also taught in Heidelberg and Tokyo and has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts and the Getty Research Institute. His primary research is in pre-modern Japanese painting, with a special focus on its relationship to Zen Buddhism.

Lippit is the author of Painting of the Realm: The Kano House of Painters in Seventeenth-Century Japan (University of Washington Press, 2012) and Colorful Realm: Japanese Bird-and-Flower Paintings by Itō Jakuchū (1716–1800) (The National Gallery of Art, 2012), and he is a coauthor of Awakenings: Zen Figure Painting in Medieval Japan (Japan Society, 2007) and a coeditor of Kenzo Tange: Architecture for the World (Lars Müller, 2012). Lippit earned his PhD in art and archaeology from Princeton University.