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Oumayagashi no zu
The term ukiyo-e, literally “pictures of the floating world,” refers to a genre of Japanese artwork that flourished in the Edo period (1600–1868). As the phrase “floating world” suggests, with its roots in the ephemeral worldview of Buddhism, ukiyo-e captured the fleeting dynamics of contemporary urban life. While being accessible and catering to “common” tastes, the artistic and technical details of these prints show remarkable sophistication, their subjects ranging from portraits of courtesans and actors to classical literature. This nishiki-e (full-color print) by Utagawa Kuniyoshi is from the series ...
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Study of a Girl
At the beginning of the 20th century, the Russian photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863–1944) used a special color photography process to create a visual record of the Russian Empire. Some of Prokudin-Gorskii’s photographs date from about 1905, but the bulk of his work is from between 1909 and 1915, when, with the support of Tsar Nicholas II and the Ministry of Transportation, he undertook extended trips through many different parts of the empire.
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Araucaria. In Tsar's Park, Dagomys
After the end of the Caucasus War in 1864, Russia encouraged settlers to move into the coastal area along the Black Sea, which became a part of Black Sea Province. The Imperial Court also acquired land in this area, especially during the reign of Nicholas II, who created a large farm and park near the point where the Dagomys River empties into the Black Sea. The semitropical climate of this region of the western Caucasus, which includes Sochi, was home to exotic floral varieties unknown elsewhere in the Russian Empire ...
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The Square of Quibdó, Chocó
This watercolor by Manuel María Paz (1820-1902) shows a part of the town square of Quibdó in Chocó Province, western Colombia (present-day Department of Chocó). The painting contrasts the well-dressed woman of European descent and the mother and child of African origin, who are barefoot and more simply dressed. Chocó is the only department of Colombia with both a Pacific and a Caribbean coast and is one of the parts of the country where the Afro-Colombian population predominates. The watercolor is typical of Paz’s work, which captured the diversity ...
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