Michael Van Hartingsveldt is a Jr. Collections Management Technician at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where he specializes in East Asian art collections. He has delivered a five-part lecture series on “Deities in Japanese Art” at the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles (JFLA), and is a guest curator with the JFLA and a research scholar at LACMA. Michael volunteers with various cultural institutions and endeavors to heighten the public’s understanding of Asian art. In Imagery and Iconography, Michael examines the origins and development of deities found in the Japanese Esoteric Buddhist traditions, many of which have roots in Indian Buddhism and underwent iconographical transformations as they migrated through China and Korea to Japan.