RTI Results of Konishi Hirosada's Portrait of the Actor Mimasu Daigorō IV

Konishi Hirosada (Japanese, active 1819–1864). The Osaka Actor Mimasu Daigorō IV as Kan Shōjō in the Play “Sugawara denju tenarai kagami” at the Naka Theater (detail), 1851. Museum purchase, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts Endowment Fund. 1976.1.359

This short video reveals the results of reflectance transformation imaging (RTI) photography conducted by Cultural Heritage Imaging (CHI), on a mid-nineteenth-century Japanese woodblock print by Konishi Hirosada. The print, which depicts the Osaka actor Mimasu Daigoro IV, is in the collection of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts at the Legion of Honor. Through RTI, the print's embossed and textured surfaces are made apparent, allowing for a better appreciation of the artist's method and technique, and a greater understanding of the complexity of these woodcut prints.