A Dutch ship (woodblock), Japanese School, (17th century) / Bibliotheque des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France / Archives Charmet / The Bridgeman Art Library
This image is part of the Japanese School of Art collection, which is known for ethereal grace and delicate, luminous colors. Japan’s earliest art reflects strong Buddhist influences, and for centuries, both religious and secular art thrived. For most of their history, the Japanese wrote with a pen instead of a brush, making them especially sensitive to the aesthetics of painting. They are also masters of ukiyo-e, or woodblock printing. Japan has made significant contributions to contemporary art, fashion and architecture.