Koboto Santaro

Object Details

Title:

Koboto Santaro

Artist/Maker(s):

Felice Beato (English, born Italy, 1832 - 1909)

Culture:

British

Place(s):

Japan (Place created)

Date:

negative 1863; print 1868

Medium:

Hand-colored albumen silver print

Dimensions:

23.4 x 18 cm (9 3/16 x 7 1/16 in.)

Credit Line:

Partial gift from the Wilson Centre for Photography

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Beato favored the hand-coloring technique for his series on domestic Japanese society. Full-length portraits, made in the studio or outdoors against a neutral background, isolated the sitters from their immediate environment and focused on their costumes and traditions. Tinting and vignetting around the image enhanced its painterly quality. This image and the one at left show the traditional armored costume of the samurai, the soldier of noble class who served the powerful rulers of Japan.

Exhibitions
Felice Beato: A Photographer on the Eastern Road (December 7, 2010 to May 6, 2012)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 7, 2010 to April 24, 2011, (Cat.)