Hiroshi Unno shares his thoughts on the connection between a variety of artistic genres within his work, The Art of Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Steampunk. This coffee table style book presents a massive collection of artwork and images from over a variety of periods that all tie together through his thesis that there are four major elements between the appearance of Medieval Art and the current Steampunk movement. This book is a delight for the eyes that also prompts you to think about the connectivity of artistic movements.
The Art of Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Steampunk is technically broken down into four major units where Unno focuses on connections between specific artistic movements. These are Gothic and Medieval connections, Medieval and Steampunk connections through Victorian London, Steampunk in connection to the mechanical, and Gothic in connection to the mechanical. This final section is meant to act as the tying point between the Gothic and the Steampunk aesthetics. His introduction explains his arguments in great detail and inspired me to think more deeply about the roots of Steampunk. He also includes descriptions of events, authors, and artists throughout the book.
The art collected by Unno is gorgeous and it is definitely something that you will want to look back at time and time again. I will say that the book is primarily in Japanese, though there are sections translated into English. There are some captions or smaller sections that do not have translations, but Unno’s overall descriptions and arguments are presented in English if you do not know how to read Japanese. I enjoyed reading The Art of Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Steampunk and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys works in that genre as well as lovers of the Victorian period. You can find it on sale on June 1st!
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