Famous Places of Kyoto

Famous Places of Kyoto

Published in 1883, Hiroshige was earlier in that year invited to join a delegation of officials from the Imperial Court on a journey to Kyoto. This was an eye-opening and life-changing experience for him in which he was able to produce his famous work The Fifty-three stations of the Tōkaidō. During his time in Kyoto, Hiroshige visited some of the sights of the ancient capital and was inspired to work on this short series of prints titled: Kyoto Meisho, featuring some of the famous places of Kyoto that can still be recognised today such as Kinkaku-ji. Prior to his maiden journey to Kyoto, Hiroshige experienced life mainly in the capital Edo and based most of his illustrations on pictures found in books and paintings. This series and the one before offers viewers the chance to be transported back in time following the footsteps of Hiroshige himself as he visits and depicts his sketches through his own eyes. On this page, we will introduce the beautiful “Famous Places of Kyoto” with explanations of each landscape prints which have been carefully retouched and cleaned.

Series Details
京都名所之内
Title:Famous Places in Kyoto (Kyōto meisho no uchi)
Artist:Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797–1858)
Period:Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:1834
Culture:Japan
Medium:Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:15″ x 10″ (38cm x 25cm)
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