Synopses & Reviews
The uniqueness of Japanese culture rests on the fact that, throughout its history, Japan has continually taken, adapted, and transformed diverse influences from Korea, China, the South Seas, Europe, and the Americas into distinct traditions of its own. Extensively revised, updated, and expanded since its first publication, this authoritative survey of the arts of Japan from the prehistoric period to the present brings together the results of the most recent research on the subject. Profusely illustrated with examples from all the arts--painting, calligraphy, the decorative arts, and architecture--and with a wide-ranging bibliography, addresses itself equally to those who come to the subject for the first time and to the student. It is a concise overview of a fascinating and perplexing culture in which interest has never been greater than it is today.
Extensively revised and updated, this authoritative survey of the arts of Japan, from the prehistoric period to the present, brings together the most recent research on the subject. 164 illustrations, 48 in color.
A concise overview of a fascinating but perplexing culture, from the prehistoric period to the present, bringing together the results of recent research. It addresses itself equally to those who come to Japanese art for the first time and to the student.
"A long-needed presentation of Japanese art that concisely offers inclusive coverage from prehistoric times to the twentieth century."--
Bibliography. Includes index.
About the Author
Joan Stanley-Baker earned her doctorate in Chinese art history from the University of Oxford. Her previous books include The Transmission of Chinese Idealist Painting to Japan and Old Masters Repainted: Wu Zhen (1280-1354) Prime Objects and Accretions.