Art on Tuesday: Magic Lantern

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Female Amusements of the Five Festivals by the Japanese painter Kitagawa Utamarô (1753 – 1806), one of the great masters of ukiyo- e in the Edo period. This picture was made in 1806. It shows a  wooden magic lantern. These Utsushi-e  写し絵  became very popular in the 19th century, after they have been imported by Dutch Christian missionaries and modified by Japanese artists.