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Ukiyoe, Iourney into Japanese Aesthetics

An exhibition - entitled UKIYOE. The Floating World. Visions from Japan - opens at the Museum of Rome, a fascinating journey into Japanese art from the Edo Era, through a selection of over 150 masterpieces from the 17th to the 19th century including paintings, scrolls, fans and prints and objects from the Japanese tradition, such as kimonos and musical instruments. Works created by the masters of the time including Kitagawa Utamaro, Katsushika Hokusai (whose Great Wave of Kanagawa will also be presented), Keisai Eisen and the great Utagawa School with Toyokuni, Toyoharu, Hiroshige, Kuniyoshi, Kunisada. Ukiyo-e is a genre of art that brings the contemporary Japanese world of that period to the center of attention, linked to the birth of cities, new social classes, tastes and fashions, new aesthetic, educational and cultural values. An artistic development that also exerted a great influence on Western culture at the end of the nineteenth century and which is well recognisable, for example in Van Gogh. In Italy, two Italian artists witnessed it, the sculptor Vincenzo Ragusa and the engraver Edoardo Chiossone, who were invited by the Meiji government of the late Nineteenth Century to visit Japan to create the first art institutes and museums in the country.

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