Labyrinthian

Mar 14

(Source: dyingofcute, via fifthblackbird)

Feb 3

medievalpoc:

Hi! Huge fan of your work. Yesterday I went to an exhibit on Japanism (mainly focusing on Catalan production, but with important international artworks included). And there was this Japanese folding screen depicting the arrival of the Portuguese to Japan in the 17th c.

(pic here: http://prensa.lacaixa.es/obrasocial/photo.html?noticia=18987&imagen=28

you can download the HD version clicking on “Calidad Alta” right underneath “Descargar”, you must download it if you want to see the detail - and it’s so worth it, believe me!). What is so revealing about it is that everyone has Japanese-like features (especially the eyes) even though it depicts a fair amount of Black men (I’m guessing slaves/serves brought by the Portuguese, considering the Atlantic trade had been going on for a while by then).

Next to it was a print I couldn’t find online, but it was Felipe II with the Japanese ambassadors (1667) and their depiction was very white-washed. They honestly looked like your average white men wearing kimonos. The guide explained that it is believed that the author himself was not a witness of the event so he drew them after whatever stories he had heard.

Thought you might find it interesting :)

mssapphire
Thank you so much for this submission!
I love Namban screens, and of course you can see that there are many, many Afro-Portuguese on missions like these. This is true throughout Nanban screens depicting the arrivals of Spanish and Portuguese merchants and emissaries. Most of them are probably not enslaved, especially the sailors.
As for the painting showing the Japanese ambassadors, I couldn’t find it either but I think their depictions as looking “white” can be attributed to the artist not having seen them, but also the fact that Japanese weren’t considered to look physically different than Europeans, to Europeans. The same can’t be said for how the Europeans looked to the Japanese (as can be evidenced from the images they made of them). Actually, there’s less evidence of racial Othering (to my eyes at least) in Nanban screens’ depictions of the Afro-Portuguese than the White Portuguese.

I saw some images very similar to these recently at the Portland Art Museuem’s Samurai exhibition. Beautiful!

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Full length portrait of Elizabeth I known as the Hampden Portrait by Steven van Herwijck
Feb 1

Full length portrait of Elizabeth I known as the Hampden Portrait by Steven van Herwijck

Jan 12

thegraymoment:

The Art of Quilling

endilletante:

De la Perse à l’Iran, photographies de Inge Morath, textes de Edouard Sablier. Editions Delpire.
Jan 4

endilletante:

De la Perse à l’Iran, photographies de Inge Morath, textes de Edouard Sablier. Editions Delpire.

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aboundlesswombofcultivations:

Love life’s patterns: Just saw a glass one of these today in the window of an antique store and noticed how beautiful it was. No wonder then that it’s Tiffany’s. :D And now this! <3 art <3 life <3 beauty
sfmoma:

SUBMISSION:
Judith Klausner
“Gummy Stained Glass”
3’x2’x0.75”
Gummy candies, licorice chewing gum, plexiglass
2012
From the series “From Scratch,” a nod to the under-acknowledged female artists who created many of Tiffany’s most iconic stained glass designs.
Apr 27

aboundlesswombofcultivations:

Love life’s patterns: Just saw a glass one of these today in the window of an antique store and noticed how beautiful it was. No wonder then that it’s Tiffany’s. :D And now this! <3 art <3 life <3 beauty

sfmoma:

SUBMISSION:

Judith Klausner

“Gummy Stained Glass”

3’x2’x0.75”

Gummy candies, licorice chewing gum, plexiglass

2012

From the series “From Scratch,” a nod to the under-acknowledged female artists who created many of Tiffany’s most iconic stained glass designs.

St Petersburg in watercolor
Apr 24

St Petersburg in watercolor

mydarkenedeyes:

Floating Dream by Pan Jia-Ling
Apr 12

mydarkenedeyes:

Floating Dream by Pan Jia-Ling

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Ok, securely on the weird end of the scale of religious art, but I like the gold
uglyrenaissancebabies:

Ignacio Chacón, Lactation of Saint Pedro Nolasco

Titty milk, all around!
Apr 2

Ok, securely on the weird end of the scale of religious art, but I like the gold

uglyrenaissancebabies:

Ignacio Chacón, Lactation of Saint Pedro Nolasco


Titty milk, all around!

hyperallergic:

It’s nice to see Google go past the stereotypes of St. Patrick’s Day and look at the artistic heritage of Ireland. 
For those who don’t know, the Book of Kells is a masterpiece of world culture. It is an illuminated manuscript Gospel book in Latin, containing the four Gospels of the New Testament. It was created by Celtic monks c. 800 or slightly earlier. The manuscript takes its name from the Abbey of Kells that was its home for centuries.

thepoliticalnotebook:

Google celebrates St. Patrick’s Day Book of Kells Style.
Mar 17

hyperallergic:

It’s nice to see Google go past the stereotypes of St. Patrick’s Day and look at the artistic heritage of Ireland. 

For those who don’t know, the Book of Kells is a masterpiece of world culture. It is an illuminated manuscript Gospel book in Latin, containing the four Gospels of the New Testament. It was created by Celtic monks c. 800 or slightly earlier. The manuscript takes its name from the Abbey of Kells that was its home for centuries.

thepoliticalnotebook:

Google celebrates St. Patrick’s Day Book of Kells Style.