Yoko Mori is Professor Emerita of Art History at Meiji University, Tokyo, and a foreign associate of the Royal Academy of Archaeology of Belgium. She was the first president of the Japanese Society of Paremiology, founded in 2009. Professor Mori's particular expertise lies in a Flemish painter, Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c.1525/30-1569) and his dynasty. She was the general commissioner of the exhibition, “The World of Bruegel in Black and White” in 2010 in Japan and the main author of the catalogue. Comparing Bruegel's proverb paintings with the proverbial illustrations of old Japanese art is another major focus of her research. Her Bruegel research focuses on the moral message, literature, folklore, and daily life of Bruegel's time as well his pictorial sources.
Dr. Yoko Mori
(Photo by Naohiro Tsutsuguchi, Shinchosha)