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Resources Organized by Art Subject Area: Prints : Ukiyo-e



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Minneapolis Institute of Arts: The Art of Asia
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
The Explore the Collection section of this content-rich site features nearly 3,500 objects from the MIA's collection of Asian art. All images have a Zoom View; most images have descriptions. A Featured Objects section highlights 20 objects from the collection in great detail (through curator interviews), and six Featured Collections showcase objects in the following categories: 1) Ancient Chinese Bronzes; 2) Architectural Models; 3) Chinese Furniture; 4) Imperial Silks; 5) Taoist Art; and 6) Ukiyo-e. Users can also browse objects by country/region or by one of 15 subject categories (architecture, paintings, ceramics, drawings, etc.) or use the keyword search. An Add to My Collection feature allows users to create an online gallery to save and to share.

Go to Museum Resource: http://archive.artsmia.org/art-of-asia/explore/index.html
Art of the Pleasure Quarters and the Ukiyo-e Style
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A lengthy discussion of the social developments in the Edo period that gave rise to literary and visual arts such as kabuki theater and ukiyo-e paintings and woodblock prints. With 5 related artworks.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/plea/hd_plea.htm
Artist Profile: Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
Learn about the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849).

Go to Museum Resource: https://education.asianart.org/resources/artist-profile-katsushika-hokusai/
Artist Profile: Utagawa (Ando) Hiroshige (1797–1858)
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
Learn about the Japanese artist Utagawa (Ando) Hiroshige (1797–1858). Download a map of "Tokaido Road in Japan."

Go to Museum Resource: https://education.asianart.org/resources/artist-profile-utagawa-ando-hiroshige/
Create a Simulated Woodblock Print
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
Students will be able to identify, compare and contrast images of traditional Japanese woodblock prints. They will then create their own simulated woodblock prints. Downloads include activities, slideshow and guides.

Go to Museum Resource: https://education.asianart.org/resources/create-a-simulated-woodblock-print/
The Floating World of Ukiyo-e: Shadows, Dreams, and Substance
Library of Congress
Online presentation of a 2003 exhibition showcasing the Library's holdings of Japanese prints, books, and drawings from the 17th to the 19th century. Images organized into the following categories: 1) Early Masters (1600-1740); 2) Major Genres: Beauties, Actors, and Landscapes; 3) Images and Literary Sources; 4) Realia and Reportage; 5) Japan and the West: Artistic Cross-Fertilization; 6) Beyond Ukiyo-e: Modern and Contemporary Japanese Prints. The EXHIBITION OVERVIEW provides historical background about ukiyo-e.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/ukiyo-e/
Hokusai and Hiroshige: Great Japanese Prints [PDF]
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
A historical and cultural overview of Edo period (1615–1868) Japan as a context for examining Japanese woodblock prints. See also 11 min Video.

Go to Museum Resource: https://education.asianart.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2019/12/Hokusai_and_H...
The Hokusai Museum
The Hokusai Museum
Website created by the Hokusai Museum Foundation for the Third International Hokusai Conference held in Obuse in 1998. Includes selected works from the museum's collection, a very detailed timeline outlining key events and artworks from the life of Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), and a history of the Hokusai Museum in Obuse.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.book-navi.com/hokusai/hokusai-e.html
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