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The Arts of Japan: Late Medieval to Modern Vol.2

The Arts of Japan: Late Medieval to Modern Vol.2

by Seiroku Noma
     
 

The Arts of Japan, in two volumes, is a profusely illustrated, comprehensive survey of Japanese art from prehistoric times to the middle of the twentieth century. Every field of Japanese fine arts and many types of decorative and folk arts are covered-sculpture, painting, architecture, garden design, ceramics, lacquerware, textiles, and swords. When this book was

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The Arts of Japan, in two volumes, is a profusely illustrated, comprehensive survey of Japanese art from prehistoric times to the middle of the twentieth century. Every field of Japanese fine arts and many types of decorative and folk arts are covered-sculpture, painting, architecture, garden design, ceramics, lacquerware, textiles, and swords. When this book was first published in a deluxe edition in 1966, the quality of its scholarship was widely acclaimed, and it became a standard reference that has yet to be superseded. This edition contains the complete text arid all the illustrations of the original.

The Arts of Japan: Late Medieval to Modem, the second volume, covers the period from the end of the sixteenth to the mid-twentieth century. It records the appearance of a new epoch in Japanese art, when artists turned from the service of religion to direct portrayals of man and nature. The distinctly modern flavor of this art has as much appeal to a contemporary audience as it did to the people of earlier times.

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"These volumes could be considered the definitive Japanese art history survey in English." -Choice

KLIATT
Lavishly illustrated with color and b/w photographs, the two volumes in this set offer readers a comprehensive survey of Japanese art from prehistoric times through the mid-20th century. Written by a former curator of the Imperial Art Museum and the Tokyo National Museum, the two books have been ably translated for Western readers by distinguished scholars from Harvard and Pepperdine Universities. Despite the complexity of the subject matter and the broad scope of the chronology, the books are written in a straightforward manner which, although perhaps a bit dense at times, should nonetheless be accessible to older YA readers. Each volume features ten essays that offer fascinating perspectives on various historical, political, sociological and spiritual aspects of the Japanese arts, including painting, sculpture, architecture, ceramics, lacquer, textiles, theater masks, tea ceremony utensils, prints, and gardens. Sample essay titles include "From Village to Forest Life," "The Zen Temples of Kyoto," "Castle Architecture: Image of Authority," "The World of Tea Ceremony," and "Encounters with the Outside World." In addition to the in-depth essays and numerous illustrations-each accompanied by a highly informative caption-both volumes include an extensive glossary, notes, indexes, maps, chronologies, and bibliographies to aid the reader in understanding the complex cultural and political history of the Japanese people. These comprehensive reference volumes will be of immense value to all students interested in Asian culture, history, religion, and fine art. KLIATT Codes: SA-Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 1966, Kodansha America, 326p. illus. maps.bibliog. index., Ages 15 to adult.
— Rhonda Cooper

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9784770029782
Publisher:
Kodansha International
Publication date:
08/08/2003
Pages:
326
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.90(d)

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Meet the Author

GLENN T. WEBB, the translator, is a professor of Asian Studies and the director of the Institute for the Study of Asian Culture (ISAC) at Pepperdine University.

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