Katsushika Hokusai died #onthisday in 1849. Hokusai is one of the most famous Japanese artists, and a key figure of the ukiyo-e ('floating world') school ????
These prints all come from his series Fugaku sanjūrokkei ('Thirty-six Views of Mt Fuji') made around 1829–1832. The major factor in establishing landscape as a new genre of ukiyo-e print was probably the sudden availability in the later 1820s of cheap Berlin blue. This strong, brilliant pigment could be used for water and sky, and would not fade. Hokusai used this new blue pigment to revolutionary effect in this series.
Journey through 3,000 years of ancient Egyptian sculpture, including the Rosetta Stone and colossal statues of pharaohs. You can tour the gallery at your leisure on Google Street View: http://ow.ly/ebrT304v6Lo
#April derives its name from the Latin word aperire, meaning to open (i.e. spring). Here are some lovely spring flowers to celebrate the new month!