Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798-1861). Born as Igusa Magosaburo, when he was 15 began to attend Toyokuni's studio, where he experimented a new way of drawing, more realistic and innovative as manga designer. The Japanese painter is considered one of the last great masters of Japanese ukiyo-e style painting and xylography. He transmitted all his knowledge: he was a teacher in one of the most important Japanese printing schools, the Utagawa School. He had numerous students who gave continuity to the school, among them Yoshitoshi, Yoshitora, Yoshiiku, Yoshikazu, Yoshitsuya, and Yoshifuji. Usually Kuniyoshi's students began their apprenticeships working mainly on the figure of the samurai, in a style similar to that of the master and having become independent artists, many went on to develop their own creative styles. The repertoire of subjects that Kuniyoshi has portrayed throughout his life is very wide and includes landscapes, female figures, Kabuki theater actors, cats, fantastic animals, and episodes from Japanese mythology. He is also known for the lively representation of battles of legendary heroes, samurai stories, and episodes of Japanese history.