Item description for Namban: Art in Viceregal Mexico by Rodrigo Rivero Lake...
"Namban" is one of the first known Eastern terms for Westernization, and it describes a century of Japanese trade with Europe in the 1500s and 1600s, trade that influenced Japanese society and art a great deal until the nation, in response, sealed its borders. Japanese art showing Namban influence is well known; here the antiquarian and historian Rodrigo Rivero Lake uses the term to identify Japanese influence in not just Western art of the same era, but New World, Mexican art. Lake sketches the shared history of Asia and Viceregal Mexico (then a European colony), which face one another across the Pacific. He follows the travels of the Galeons of Manila and Nao of China from Asia to Acapulco, and the Japanese schools of painting and artistic techniques introduced in the process. Every story takes readers deeper into the complex genealogies of Mexican Namban, to its roots, and eventually to evaluations of its technical, stylistic and iconographic characteristics. The Namban art of Mexico, while culturally revealing and relevant, is rare, and has long been little known: Rodrigo Rivero Lake shares his comprehensive expertise with generosity and style.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 9.5" Height: 12.5" Weight: 2.65 lbs.
Release Date Aug 15, 2006
ISBN 8475066933 ISBN13 9788475066936
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Namban by Rodrigo Lake Aug 23, 2007
The interface between alien cultures as produced by commercial activity may be considered old hat. But Western approaches to this field of inquiry tend to focus more on the evolution of tools and empirical knowlege, via the Northern Hemisphere to the Orient and back. Namban reveals a lost World of art, removed in time and geography almost to the vanishing point. This art owes its creation to wanderlust and speculation, the never-ending, interrupted journey to the East, and the shock value of success. Lake's book abounds in bizarre examples and historical hors d'oeuvres. Anyone who thinks art-history has pretty much degenerated into a chestnut collection will be delighted by the trove of novelties represented by these exotic, rare antiques! My personal favourite is the triple decker Japanese lunch box lacquered with the Three Stooges-- actually some European life forms. Tempting to digress into sci fi associations! What an adventure!