Tag: Art History


Special Qualities of Japanese Woodblock Prints

Woodblock prints are an integral part of Japanese art and culture in the centuries gone past. In many ways, the techniques of craft and reproduction that were pioneered and mastered by the Japanese were more advanced than what their European contemporaries were able to achieve. Although woodblock prints were in circulation as early as the eighth century A.D., it was only since the 17th century that they reached their peak creative expression. Woodblock prints spanning the entire millennia have served a crucial cultural purpose in Japan, as they were second only to the oral tradition in propagating folklore, history and customs of the people. Not only were the woodblock prints a source of entertainment and enchantment, they were also vital to the propagation of Buddhist philosophy and art. (Priest, 1959) As a consequence, the evolution of Zen Buddhism in Japan is neatly documented in this medium of art. The rest of this essay will analyze two Japanese woodblock prints – taken one . . . Read More

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A comparison between the Arts of the High Renaissance and that of the Eighteenth Century

The term High Renaissance is used to refer to the blooming of the visual arts during the period of the Italian Renaissance.  High Renaissance, which flowered toward the end of the fifteenth century and lasted a few decades, was a period that witnessed the creation of great works of art and architecture.  With Rome as its epi-center, the period can be said to epitomize the spirit of Western Civilization.  Leonardo da Vinci’s fresco of the Last Supper is an early definitive work of this period. da Vinci followed it up with Mona Lisa, which was an outstanding work of this era along with Raphael’s The School of Athens.  Another notable early work was the Death of Lorenzo de’ Medici in Florence.  Michelangelo and Raphael are other key artistic figures of High Renaissance, whose works showcased classical painting tradition as well as inventing new styles such as Mannerism.  Alongside Michelangelo, the works of Andrea del Sarto and Correggio exemplify the Mannerist style. . . . Read More

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