Great Temple in Madura - 1931
Yoshida Hiroshi , (Japanese, 1876 - 1950)
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
H: 40.6 W: 27.5 cm
Yoshida traveled by train to Madurai (Madura) in the present-day Indian state of Tamil Nadu where he visited the great temple dedicated to the Hindu goddess Minakshi, and her husband, Shiva. Built in the seventeenth century, the temple is entered through long corridors. Here the artist depicts the area just inside the entrance to the temple, where bright daylight gives partial illumination to the stone pillars in the forms of a Yali, a supernatural lionlike animal. Yoshida's fascination with rendering light and darkness is clearly expressed in his laborious printing of a layered color to reproduce the effect of natual light falling on the monumental stone carvings.
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