Image of Picasso’s ‘Guernica’ on display in Tokyo in 8K

An ultra-high-definition depiction of Pablo Picasso’s masterpiece “Guernica” is on display in Tokyo.

Picasso painted “Guernica” in 1937 after learning about the indiscriminate bombing of the city by the Nazi German Air Force during the Spanish Civil War. The painting is approximately 350 centimeters high and 780 centimeters wide.

The work, housed in a museum in Spain, was filmed with an NHK 8K camera. The image was shown in almost full size on a 325-inch screen on Tuesday.

Viewers can see details of the brushwork used in depicting people and horses fleeing in panic, and a woman holding a baby and looking desperately at the sky.

Art historian Otaka Yasujiro, an honorary professor at Waseda University, says the high-definition, full-size image shows traces of Picasso’s retouching on his work.

He says the work evokes sadness in some people and fear in others, but encourages people to look at it without prejudice first.

“Guernica” will be on display through August 28 at the NTT InterCommunication Center in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo.

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