1807 – Born in Tokyo when it was still called Edo. Shibata Zeshin was Japan’s most outstanding nineteenth-century lacquer artist and painter.
1818 – At age eleven the young Shibata entered the workshop of a lacquer craftsman. Later he studied painting under Suzuki Nanrei and Okamoto Toyohiko.
– He also studied painting in the naturalistic Shijo style and earned distinction during his lifetime for paintings that showed unusual creativity, including works painted in a special technique using lacquer.
1875-1876 – Zeshin participated as official representative of Japan in International exhibitions in Vienna, in Philadelphia and in Paris.
1890 – Became a member of the Imperial Art Academy.
– He was appointed as member of the Art Committee of the Imperial household – one of the highest honors in those days.
1891 – Died at the age of 84.