Kachōfūgetsu - the natural world in Japanese prints
This exhibition explores the illustration of the natural world in Ukiyo-e woodblock prints and books selected from the Fitzwilliam Museum’s collection. Birds, insects, fishes, shells and flowers appear in a miscellany of guises. The centrepiece is the trio of books designed by Kitagawa Utamaro (c.1756-1806) on natural themes, known popularly as the ‘Insect Book’, ‘Shell Book’; and ‘Bird Book’. These are generally considered among the masterpieces of book design and printing, and visitors will be able to explore them more fully in a special virtual display. This is also the first chance to see Hokusai’s print, Convolvulus and Tree-frog, recently acquired by the Fitzwilliam with the help of the Art Fund and the MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund.
To complement this exhibition there will be a display in the table cases in the Dutch Gallery (15) of seventeenth-century painted and printed studies of shells and insects by Rembrandt, Hollar and van Kessel.
Tue 17 February 2009 to Sun 17 May 2009
Shiba Gallery (Gallery 14)