Smarthistory: a multimedia web-book about art and art history Smarthistory offers more than 1500 videos and essays on art from around the world and across time. We are working with more than 200 art historians and some of the world's most important museums to make the best art history resource anywhere. Use the "subject" pulldown menu (go to "Arts and Humanities") at the top of this window or click on the headings below to access our content: Art history basics japanese artist brings ukiyo-e woodblock prints to life through animated gifs aug 18, 2015 japanese artist brings ukiyo-e woodblock prints to life through animated gifs japanese artist brings ukiyo-e woodblock prints to life through animated gifs(above) katsushika hokusai’s ‘yoshida at tokaido’ animated all gifs courtesy of segawa thirty-seven from the 17th through 19th centuries, ukiyo-e woodblock prints and paintings populated the japanese art and cultural movement. artist katsushika hokusai popularized the trend with his series of ’36 views of mount fuji’, depicting scenes of the renowned mountain captured in different seasons and weather conditions, from a variety of different places and perspectives. these compositions were created through a cooperative effort of craftsman, who each adopted traditional techniques to sketch, carve and colorize the works.
Skelewags - Urban Art (by @baekdal) #design Written by Thomas Baekdal | Thursday, August 30, 2007 This cartoon concept by "Chewie" is great - mixing real world environments with cartoon characters. The style with skull like cartoon figures are not that special, but the overall style is. "Chewie" has been very quiet about what this project is really about. I guess we will just have to wait and see. (via ConceptArt Forum) learn japanese One of the most interesting thing about Japanese is surely the script. There are three different ones: kanji, hiragana and katakana. Also, there is a transliteration of Japanese to the Roman alphabet called romaji. This Summer's Magical Photos of Japan's Annual Flurry of Fireflies in Forests Summer has arrived, which means longer days and warmer evenings to be spent exploring the great outdoors. In Japan, this season is marked by a magical, natural phenomenon as fireflies spread through the forests around the country, lighting up the night sky. Resembling tiny paper lanterns, these little winged beetles communicate with one another through their steady glows, creating a breathtaking view in the process, if you are lucky enough to stumble upon them. These little creatures typically breed for short periods of time and are difficult to detect when light pollution drowns out their brilliance, so photographers around the country have to be quick and savvy in order to capture their displays of bioluminescence. Further, the little bugs are extremely sensitive, reacting to lights and pollution and typically only live about 10 days, making images that portray their mystical glow that much more special. Above image via 365March (Yu Hashimoto)
Altered thrift store art: Some personal faves Unknown, via Reddit. Banksy, via Flickr user goldenticket. It’s a simple idea: Find some bad art, whether original or a print, for a song at a thrift store, then modify it to make, if not “better art,” then at least something that’s more entertaining to look at. cheap gourmet foods Japanese people are passionate about food. It's not just fine Japanese cuisine that gets people excited. In Japan, inexpensive food also gets respect. B-Class Gourmet is a Japanese term for connoisseurs of quality (but inexpensive) food. They're the people who are willing to stand in long lines or travel far and wide for a perfect bowl of noodles.
The Color That Wasn’t a Color Lorenzo Lotto’s Portrait of a Young Man against a White Curtain, ca. 1508. Of all the colors artists have had at their command throughout the ages, none has endured more reversals of fortune than black. Indeed, in his book Black: The History of a Color, published by Princeton University Press, historian Michel Pastoureau points out that for a few centuries after Isaac Newton’s discovery of the spectrum, around 1665, “black and white were considered and experienced as ‘noncolors.’” Beginning with the earliest known cave paintings, Pastoureau charts the color’s passage through the realms of art, fashion, and society, noting that in ancient times black was associated with caverns and underground spaces, fearful places that nevertheless had their own sacred energy. In Egypt, black assured the safe passage of the deceased to the beyond and thus was the preferred color for divinities linked to death.
Heavy Snowfall Turns Kyoto Into a Beautiful Winter Wonderland With temperatures dipping to below zero degrees Celsius, Kyoto experienced its coldest days yet this past weekend. And while it snows occasionally in Japan’s most beautiful of cities, rarely does it stick. Locals and visitors were in for a spectacular treat this weekend, as the low temperatures allowed for a heavier snowfall that blanketed the city’s world famous monuments. With one of the largest collection of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world, Kyoto’s magical intrigue was only further enhanced by the white powder. Visitors filled the streets of Gion, Kyoto’s historic geisha quarter, basking in the flakes as they trickled down. The Golden Pavilion, one of the country’s most iconic buildings, shimmers in the snow, its golden exterior popping against the powdery ice crystals blanketing its surroundings.
Miniature Liquid Planets This a photo series shot by artist Markus Reugels. Using a high-speed camera, he photographs droplets of water that show a refraction of the backdrop. They’re pretty amazing and I’m about 98% convinced he uses sorcery to capture the images. You can purchase various sizes of prints or make a request for a specific background of your heart’s desire. Me, I’m gonna ask him to use a portrait of me. But instead of water, I want droplets of Hawaiian Punch (not for any particular reason except man, I love that shit!)
ads from 1894 to 1954 14 Sep 2010 Here is a collection of Japanese advertisements for drinks and smokes (1894-1954). Hero Cigarettes, 1894 Tokio Beer, 1896-1906 Chūyū Cigarettes, 1900