Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier. The Portrait of a Sergeant. 1874.
Oil on canvas.
Hamburger Kunsthalle. Hamburg, Germany.
I was at the Rijksmuseum yesterday and they had a pretty fantastic pair of Namban screens in their Asian Pavilion. I took as many closeups as I could before a tour group pushed me out of the way, but once I got back to my hotel I found out their website has two fairly high-res images of them you can zoom in on.
Anywho, here are the closeups I took. Feel free to curate them as you see fit. The information placket at the museum described them as being from c.1600-1625. In addition, it explained that the two Japanese men seen in the third image near the Jesuit priest are Japanese Christians, identifiable by the fact they’re holding prayer beads.
Here are the links to the high-res images on the museum website:
I’m reformatting these so people can really appreciate both the amazing artwork and your photos! You submitted so many, I’m going to make them into multiple posts. It’s really difficult to find decent photos of Nanban Screens, since apparently a lot of museums and curators do not seem to think they’re very important?
Personally, they’ve rapidly become one of my favorite forms of art.