Photo/IllutrationTrue-to-life paintings and sculptures are on display at the Nara Prefectural Museum of Art. (Ryo Miyazaki)

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NARA--Nearly picture perfect, a special exhibition featuring about 80 pieces of photorealistic paintings, true-to-life sculptures and other works of modern art is being hosted by the Nara Prefectural Museum of Art.

The “Realism Art in Japan” exhibition runs until Jan. 14.

“In all ages, artists challenge themselves to close in on the essential quality of the object,” said Satoshi Fukaya, the chief curator of the museum. “I want spectators to feel why we are attracted to lifelike artworks even when we have digital cameras and 3-D printers.”

In the exhibition, Kaoru Ueda’s painting shows a cracked egg, with the windows and the landscape seen from the painter’s atelier reflected on the curved surface of a spoon inserted into the egg. It is a detailed photorealistic painting created based on a photo taken by a camera.

Sculptor Ikki Miyake created a realistic model of a pen shell using a single piece of “yakusugi” (Yakushima cedar) wood, making use of the wood grain similar to the patterns on the surface of the clam.

In addition to paintings and sculptures by old and new artists purposefully put on display side by side, there is also a section where artists’ self-portraits and portraits of people close to them from different periods are featured.

Tickets for adults are 800 yen ($7.05). The museum is closed on Mondays and during the year-end and New Year's holidays.