Originality – the main feature of the Japanese ukiyo-e engraving. Not having analogies in the art of other countries of the Far East, this system formed the basis for the formation of not only the culture of Japan itself, but also influenced the historical course and the formation of the whole world culture.
Nearly two centuries (XVII – XIX centuries), belonging to the Edo era, existed ukiyo-e, originated in the depths of urban culture and passed a long and interesting way, captured by the masters of Japanese engravings creating their paintings in different periods.
The founder of the ukiyo-e engraving is Hishikawa Moronobu (1618-1694). Continue reading
Aphrodite or Venus – the goddess of love. Her name has become synonymous with Love and Beauty, and to this day, artists embody in them their idea of Beauty.
In ancient myths, the image of Aphrodite is not so romantic. According to one of the earlier versions, it came from the blood of the insulated Crown of Uranus, which fell into the sea and formed foam. This myth traces the primordial principle of Aphrodite, not so much the goddess of love, as the patroness of childbirth, the sea, eternal spring and life, which gives abundance. It is much more ancient than the god-ruler Zeus, it is the giver of life. Simultaneously with it, from the blood of Uranus, erinias and giants, personifying the terrible impulses of the unconscious, appeared. Continue reading
In the Middle Ages, cold steel had a symbolic meaning, which was reflected both in official documents and in literature and visual arts. There were many types of edged weapons. Special hunting knives appeared, and under the influence of crooked Arab sabers, the appearance of European blades changed. Changed in the XVI century. fencing technique also influenced the development of cold weapons. Continue reading