Poem of the Pillow and other stories

by Utamaro, Hokusai, Kuniyoshi and other artists of the Floating World

A comprehensive and beautifully illustrated study of traditional Japanese erotic art.

Gian Carlo Calza


Price: USD$49.95

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  • Comprehensive survey of Japanese erotic art, from the mid-seventeenth century to the end of the nineteenth century, the time known as the ukiyo-e period
  • Organized chronologically by artist, including such famous figures as Utamaro, Hokusai, Harunobu, Kunisada, Kuniyoshi and many others
  • Beautifully illustrated with over 350 images, including woodblock prints, scrolls and paintings, this book is an excellent resource on ukiyo-e erotic art
  • With a strikingly modern design that enhances the luxurious quality of the book, every copy includes a free print of Utamaro’s famous erotic scene from the Poem of the Pillow
  • Written by one of the world’s most respected specialists and scholars of Japanese art and culture, Gian Carlo Calza’s insightful and accessible approach will appeal to scholars and newcomers to the subject alike
  • Includes a detailed list of works with an extensive glossary and bibliograph


About the author(s)
Gian Carlo Calza is Professor of East Asian Art History and Director of the International Hokusai Research Centre at the University of Venice. A distinguished authority on Japanese art, he has published many books and articles on several artists, including Phaidon's monograph on Hokusai (2003), as well as Phaidon's Ukiyo-e (2005) and Japan Style (2007).


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