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.