I’m going to write about 1543-1650 Christian sacred Art in Japan and Its reception among the Japanese.
Especially, Art, Includes Christian architecture, clothing, paintings, and statues.
The reason I chosen this topic is not only I’m majoring in Fine Art, I think “Art” involves colors, architecture, much more..
In Luis Frois “History of Japan”, He make mention of
Religious art works of the Catholics of Japan, which are being conveyed, are said to follow the form of European style sanctification as they were educated by Niccolo. In the paintings and techniques, they follow the Catholic artworks at the time. Nevertheless, they can see that the expression styles of the Japanese are reflected faintly.
In addition, I can find many more interesting things when I saw people who were crucified at the time, not only to pray but also to be used as fashion jewelry, such as earrings and necklaces.
And let’s talk a bit more about Luis Frois’s “History of Japan”.
-“If our Europeans understand white clothing in the sense of joy and wear white in festivals, it is the color of clothes that Japanese wear white clothing where funeral or sadness is required.”
-“Our church has a long building and narrow front, Japanese temples are wide in front, and the distance from the front to the back of the building is short.”
-“In our church there is a place for chorus, and there is a chair or a stool for people to sit in. The monks sit on the tatami in front of the altar and pray.”
-” We place the bell on a very high tower, and they are placed at a low place near the ground so that they can reach it.”
-“Our statues are mostly painted altar paintings, all the statues are statues in the temple of the monks.”
-“We use a variety of colors in our constellations. They paint their features from top to bottom.”
-” Our formations evoke a beautiful and godly heart: they are in the image of the devil burned in the midst of the angels, and are evil and frightening.”
As you can see from the above, it would be interesting to research if you could understand and place European culture in the culture of Japanese people at the time when European art culture and Japanese art culture have most opposite meaning.