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Fine Art Prints – The Public Domain Review
This is amazing -- "museum quality" prints of favourites from the PDR archives, featuring Paul Klee, William Blake, ukiyo-e from Hiroshige, Goya, and even Athanasius Kircher
prints  to-get  fine-art  public-domain  art  william-blake  ukiyo-e  hiroshige  goya  klee 
13 days ago by jm
Namazu-e: Earthquake catfish prints
'In November 1855, the Great Ansei Earthquake struck the city of Edo (now Tokyo), claiming 7,000 lives and inflicting widespread damage. Within days, a new type of color woodblock print known as namazu-e (lit. "catfish pictures") became popular among the residents of the shaken city. These prints featured depictions of mythical giant catfish (namazu) who, according to popular legend, caused earthquakes by thrashing about in their underground lairs. In addition to providing humor and social commentary, many prints claimed to offer protection from future earthquakes.'
japan  art  namazu-e  ukiyo-e  catfish  earthquakes  myth 
january 2013 by jm

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