Takato Yamamoto's "Altar of Narcissus" was originally published in 2002 with the first major reprint issued in 2007. Over the years, the colors and precision has drifted a little with subsequent reprints. In the end of 2019, this new edition was released with all colors recalibrated, new sleeve specifications, fabric cover, and end papers. This limited edition has only 300 pieces printed and includes the gold patterned sleeve case,hard back with scarlet cloth, black end paper.
This book is widely popular as a collection of Yamamoto’s masterpieces. While carrying on the traditions of Edo Ukiyoe and Bishounen (beautiful youth) painting, it sublimates the romanticism of Pre-Raphaelite and European fantasy art of the fin de siècle as well as the sensuality and perversion of bondage and misery paintings.
LIMITED EDITION of 300
Hardcover, Cardboard sleeve
Book is dark gray silk.
Texts in Japanese and English
Takato Yamamoto (1960-)
A JAPANESE ILLUSTRATOR BORN IN AKITA PREFECTURE
He is a Japanese painter and manga artist. He is most known for developing a unique style that he termed “Heisei aestheticism”, which blends influences from Japanese ukiyo-e painting with Western gothic art to create dark, but beautiful images. He is amember of the Tokyo Illustrators Society and the International Ukiyo-e Society.