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Title: Heroes of the Grand Pacification
Description: Leiden. Hotei. 2005. First Edition. Quarto. Softcover. Near Fine. 189 pages, text in English. Illustrated through out in full colour. The book introduces the print-series Taiheiki eiyu den or Heroic Biographies from the 'Tale of Grand Pacification', designed by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861), who is considered the founder of the heroic genre in Japanese prints. The series is devoted to the final years of the sixteenth century civil wars and the key figure of the day, Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536?-98). All fifty prints of the series are reproduced in full colour. Each print is accompanied by a translation of the extensive texts incorporated into the composition and detailed historical and cultural commentaries. The introductory essay reviews the peculiarities of Kuniyoshi??s warrior images, explores the roots of Toyotomi Hideyoshi??s popularity and discusses the texts in the prints as a source of information on the late medieval warriors?? outlook and battlefield practices.

Keywords: Japanese prints woodblock ukiyo-e ukiyoe

Price: EUR 50.00 = appr. US$ 54.34 Seller: Meijering Art Books
- Book number: 17531