In this lesson, students will compare similarities and differences that exist within species, such as individual examples of the same kind of plants.
Nishimura Shigenaga (Japanese, 1697?-1756)
Hand-colored woodblock print, Sheet: 33.7 x 15.9 cm (13 1/4 x 6 1/4 in.). The Kelvin Smith Collection, given by Mrs. Kelvin Smith 1985.349
This early hand-colored print is enriched with a technique called urushi-e (literally “lacquer picture”), in which glue is painted over areas of black pigment, producing a lustrous surface reminiscent of lacquer. Metal filings sprinkled onto the designs of parasols, a fan, and musical instruments on the woman’s kimono enhance the sense of luxury.
Cleveland Museum of Art, 1988: A Private World: Japanese and Chinese Art from the Kelvin Smith CollectionCleveland, Ohio: The Cleveland Museum of Art; December 12, 2004- April 10, 2005. "Visions of Japan: Prints and Paintings from Cleveland Collections".
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