The MFA (Museum of Fine Arts) in Boston has a fantastic exhibit right now called, "Showdown: Kuniyoshi vs. Kunisada." I was not particularly excited about the exhibit when I read about it or even when I saw the photos of what was coming. Nonetheless, I decided to stop in and see what all the fuss was about.
Kuniyoshi and Kunisada were both masters of wood block printing. When you look at the prints in the exhibit, it's mind boggling to think that they're woodblock prints and not paintings or drawings. As you will see, the work is very small scale and requires close inspection. Correction: warrants close inspection -- because the details are amazing! I took fewer photos than normal because the exhibit was busy and everyone is obviously looking very closely.
If you missed it, scroll back up through the photos until you come to the photo of a man in a robe covered in skulls.
They're not skulls.
What are those skulls actually made of? (I'll wait while you scroll....)
Mind blowing, right?
This exhibit is all about the details! If you have a chance to see it in person, go! I'm excited to go back and figure out what I missed the first time through!
Thanks for stopping by!