Thursday, May 01, 2008

Japanese Woodblock Prints

The Nagoya TV Ukiyo-e Museum has a collection of over 8,000 Japanese woodblock prints known as ukiyoe (pictures of the floating world), and this website presents a virtual exhibition of many representative works from the 17th to 19th centuries. The site can be accessed in English and Japanese, and in various ways, and each image is accompanied by a brief description. The List section categorises the prints into: portrait; landscape; sumo and kabuki; and eccentric characters. The works of individual artists (Hokusai, Hiroshige, Kunisada, Kuniyoshi, Yoshitoshi) can be accessed via the Collection section, but the images here are quite small; much larger versions can be viewed via the List section.
Access: Free