July 21, 2011

One Hundred Views of Edo


The Brooklyn Museum has recently uploaded high-resolution scans of Hiroshige's One Hundred Views of Edo.  The work (actually 118 plates) is a masterpiece of Japanese printmaking.  Organized by season, the landscapes and genre scenes are technically brilliant, but also compelling narratives of a civilization at its peak.  Each print is vastly different from the others in detail, location, and perspective.  The original in, of course, very delicate, so they present this detailed collection online for everyone's viewing pleasure.  Do, check it out.  This is a marvelous resource, beautifully presented and well executed. And the prints are just splendid.  (Via Lines & Colors) (Ps. Oh look! Happy Catholic covered this today too!  Great minds...)

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