Under Lucas Cranach's spell

Dec 6, 2016

Under Lucas Cranach's spell

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Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553) is acknowledged as one of the greats of the German Renaissance. His combination of religious piety and fleshly eroticism went on to inspire artists across the globe, including many in Japan. Despite his standing worldwide, however, Cranach’s career and ...

The earliest memes also had humor

Aug 2, 2016

The earliest memes also had humor

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The curators at Tokyo’s National Museum of Western Art (NMWA) have decided that Japan, a country well-known for its own print art, should know more about the print art of Europe. In this endeavor, they have chosen the work of Israhel van Meckenem (c. ...

Caravaggio: Art that has been through the wars

May 17, 2016

Caravaggio: Art that has been through the wars

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“In Italy, for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? ...

'Bordeaux, Port de la Lune'

Jun 16, 2015

'Bordeaux, Port de la Lune'

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June 23-Sept. 23 The southwest French port town of Bordeaux, which is famous for its wine, is also known as Port de la Lune (Port of the Moon) because of its crescent-shaped coastline that facilitated overseas trade since the Roman Empire. Having developed a ...

'Guercino'

Feb 26, 2015

'Guercino'

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March 3-May 31 Despite fame during his time, Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (1591-1666), best known as Guercino, was later dismissed and forgotten as artists began to reject academic traditions and genres shifted. Since the mid-20th century, however, there has been a rediscovery and re-appreciation of ...

Best of the West tops this year's major shows

Dec 25, 2013

Best of the West tops this year's major shows

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Japan occupies an odd niche in the art world. Its own indigenous artistic traditions are balanced against an almost fanboy fascination with certain aspects of the canon of Western art, while there is an often half-hearted attempt to stay plugged into the global contemporary ...

A Michelangelo appetizer

Oct 9, 2013

A Michelangelo appetizer

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This has been quite a year for fans of Renaissance art in Japan, with all three of its giants — Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and now Michelangelo — featuring in exhibitions. While the da Vinci show was weak in content and the Raphael quite ...