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Japanese Art (World of Art)

Joan Stanley-Baker


An authoritative and provocative survey of the arts of Japan, brought right up to date with the latest developments and current trends


The uniqueness of Japanese culture rests on the fact that, throughout its history, Japan has continually taken, adapted and transformed diverse influences, whether from Korea, China, the South Seas, Europe or America, into distinct traditions of its own. This book surveys authoritatively and provocatively the arts of Japan from the prehistoric period to the present, bringing together the results of the most recent research on the subject.

Now updated and expanded with a new chapter on art since the mid-1960s, including the fields of manga and animé in which Japan leads the world, Japanese Art addresses itself equally to those who come to the subject for the first time and to the student. Profusely illustrated with examples from all the arts – painting, calligraphy, the decorative arts, photography and architecture – and with a wide-ranging bibliography, this is a concise and informative overview of a fascinating but perplexing culture, in which interest has never been greater than it is today.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Edition Type: Third edition

Size: 21.0 x 15.0 cm

Extent: 240 pp

Illustrations: 183

Publication date: 13 October 2014

ISBN: 9780500204252

Contents List

Chapter 1: Introduction; Chapter 2: Prehistoric Period (11th mil. bce–6th c. ce); Chapter 3: Asuka and Nara (552–794); Chapter 4: Heian (794–1185); Chapter 5 (Kamakura and Muromachi (1185–1573); Chapter 6: Azuchi-Momyama and Edo (1576–1868); Chapter 7: Modern Japan (1868–1965); Chahpter 8: Japan Today (1965–).

About the Author

Joan Stanley-Baker is Emeritus Professor of Art History at Tainan National University of Arts, Taiwan.

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