Category Archives: Italian Renaissance Art

What’s in a Face – Burmester Curves and the Art of Osaka

I am out of my depth here, in enquiring into the mechanics and mathematics of the common French Curve or Burmester Curve. But some observations about their relationship to the work of Osaka printmaker Konishi Hirosada (ca 1810 – 1864) … Continue reading

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Space – The Final Frontier: The Problem of Depth in Japanese Prints.

Critics and Art historians often refer to ‘space’ in a painting or a print. Prints are flat – so what do they mean by space? On a flat plane like a print, space is all illusory – like in a … Continue reading

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West Meets East in Japanese Prints (earlier than expected)

Most people tend to think of Japan as being sealed from the rest of the world until Commander Perry’s famous gunboat diplomacy of 1854. This is true in the main but there are notable examples of Dutch fraternisation prior to … Continue reading

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