Considering the sheer number of magnificent works legendary artists have introduced to the world, it’s nearly impossible to visit them all and scrutinize their every detail in person. But as we’ve seen time and time again with digitized collections like that of ukiyo-e artist Hasui Kawase, getting access to works of art passed on throughout history has become easier than ever.

Following suit of institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York Public Library is the Library of Congress, which has recently released over 2,600 works of ukiyo-e and woodblock print artworks by legendary Japanese artists. The contents of this digital collection can be downloaded for free, giving anyone with internet the chance to peruse the equivalent of an enormous museum to their heart’s content.

The collection, or more specifically the Fine Prints: Japanese, pre-1915 collection, includes well-known pieces from Katsushika Hokusai’s Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (a series of landscape prints), as well as Utagawa Hiroshige’s The Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō depicting each of the stations along the Tōkaidō from Edo to Kyoto. Many also show people who lived in the Yokohama area after Japan opened its doors to the Western world.

Visit the Library of Congress’ website to enjoy the collection in its entirety. For more free digital collections of Japanese artwork, check out some of our past articles below.

By - grape Japan editorial staff.