Masanori Aoyagi

Professor Emeritus of Tokyo University; former Cultural Affairs Commissioner


Born in Dalian, China in 1944. As one of the leading researchers on ancient Greek and Roman Art History, Dr. Aoyagi has excavated Mediterranean ruins for over 40 years.
Upon graduating in 1967 in Art History from the University of Tokyo’s Faculty of Letters, he studied Classical Art History and Archaeology at The University of Rome from 1969 to 1972. He holds a PhD in Literature.
Positions previously held include Vice-President of Tokyo University, Director-general of National Museum of Western Art, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the  Independent Administrative Institution National Museum of Art, and Cultural Affairs Commissioner. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Tokyo University. He is a member of the member of The Japan Academy, was conferred the Medal with Purple Ribbon in 2006, and was awarded the NHK Broadcasting Award in 2011.