Japanese Art and Architecture

Please use “Guide Index” to find encyclopedias, databases, biographies, and other resources.

Nassunogahara Harmony Hall, 1994, Otawara, Tochigi, Japan Japanese art book jackets

 

Surveys

Japan (Grove Art Online).

History of Japanese Art, 2nd ed.

by Penelope E. Mason. Mugar Library Stacks N7350. M26 2005

Heibonsha Survey of Japanese Art, 30 vols and index, 1971-1980.

In English. (Translation of: Nihon no bijutsu.) Comprehensive survey of all aspects of Japanese art. Volume 31 is a comprehensive index to the set with references to artists, personalities, subjects, places, and illustrations. The index is located in Mugar Reference XN 7350 B45 1980.

The library does not own volumes 8 and 29. Each volume has its own call number: check the Boston University Libraries Search under volume title or series title, “Heibonsha Survey of Japanese Art.” For a list of volume titles in English, click on “Surveys of Japanese Art” or in the menu on the right.

Japanese Art After 1945: Scream Against the Sky

by Alexandra Munroe, 1994.Includes a glossary of basic terms in Japanese art and art history; descriptions of historical events; and descriptions of major groups. pp. 393-398. An extensive bibliography on pp. 399-411 is organized in three main categories: general references in Western languages; general references in Japanese; and artists and groups.
Mugar: Folio N7355 .M87 1994

Nihon Bijutsu Zenshu (Complete Works of Japanese Fine Arts), ed. Maekawa Seiro, 25 vols and index, 1990-1994.

In Japanese with English-language bibliographies and illustration captions. Illustrations include many color plates. Library call number:  Mugar Folio N7350 N54 1990 v. 1-25.  Volume 26 is an index (in Japanese). It is located in Mugar Reference X N 7350 N54.  For a list of volume titles in English, click on “Surveys of Japanese Art” or in the menu on the right.

Nihon no kenchiku Meiji Taisho Showa = West meets East: The Japanese Introduction to Western Architecture in 19th and 20th Centuries. ed. Muramatsu Teijiro, 10 vols, 1979-

In Japanese. Excellent source of building photographs and architectural drawings. Mugar Reserve NA1554.5.N54 1979. For a list of volume titles in English, click on “Surveys of Japanese Art” or in the menu on the right.

 

Bibliographies

Print and Online Sources

Ancient Arts of Western and Central Asia: A Guide to the Literature,

by Bernard Goldman. Subject index to the main bibliography includes topics such as Anatolia, historiography, source documents, Sumer, etc. Mugar Reference X Z 5961 M58 G65 1991.

Collector’s Guide to Books on Japan in English. An Annotated List with over 2,500 Titles with Subject Index

by Joseph Rogala. Alphabetical by author with subject index. Mugar Reference X Z3301 .R58 2001.

East Asian Art.

Harvard Library Research Guide.

Harvard Outline and Reading Lists for Oriental Art

by Benjamin Rowland, Jr., 1967. Books and articles classified by country or region, then period, then architecture, sculpture, and painting. Mugar N 7260 F67.

Japanese Language and Culture.  Boston University Libraries Research Guide.

Japan Team , Library of Congress.

Japanese Studies Art, Art History, and Visual Studies

by Kristina Kade Troost, Librarian for Japan and Korea, Perkins Library, Duke University. An excellent research guide of bibliographies, dictionaries and encyclopedias, biographies, handbooks, directories and museum guides, yearbooks, images, surveys and compendia, journals, art museums and associations.  Check Boston University Libraries Search for access to BU resources.

“A Reader’s Guide’s Guide to the Arts of Japan,”

by Sylvan Barnet and William Burto. In Penelope Mason, History of Japanese Art, pp. 393-404.   Annotated selective bibliography of English-language publications on Japanese art. Contents arranged by mediums and periods. Mugar Library N7350 M26 1993.

Roberts’ guide to Japanese museums of art and archaeology

by Laurance Roberts. Mugar Reference X N3735 .R62 1987.

 

Biographies

Biographical Sources

Biographical Dictionary of Japanese Art

ed. Yutaka Tazawa, 1981. Mugar N 7350 B448.

Dictionary of Japanese Artists: Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Prints, Lacquer

by Laurance P. Roberts, 1976 (paperback, 1990). Mugar N 7358 R6 1990.

Japanese Women Artists 1600-1900

by Patricia Fister, 1988. Mugar N 7353.5 F57 1988

List of Japanese Architects (with links to biographical material) from Wikipedia in chronological order from the 19th century to the present

List of Japanese Artists (with links to biographical material) from Wikipedia in chronological order from the 9th century to the present

Boston University Programs

Department of the History of Art and Architecture. Click on courses for Japanese art listings.
Cumulus Image Database. Art History Department, Boston University. BU

 

Databases

Online Indexes to Journal Articles,  Books, and Dissertations

ABIA South and Southeast Asian Art and Archaeology Index, 1996–.

International Institute for Asian Studies. Covers archaeology (pre- and proto-history), historical archaeology, ancient art history, modern art history, material culture, epigraphy and palaeography, numismatics and sigillography. Indexes monographs, articles in monographs, articles in periodicals, and unpublished PhD theses. Geographical areas include South Asia and Southeast Asia, and regions culturally related to these areas, for example: Afghanistan, Uzbekistan,Tajikistan and Tibet as related to South Asia; South China and the Pacific as related to Southeast Asia. To search the index, click on : “Where can you find the ABIA Index ?” Also available in print: Vol. I covering 1996 and 1997 (published in 1999) and Vol. II covering selections from the ABIA Index online through 2001 (published in 2002) at Mugar Reference X N 7260 A25.

 

 

Note: (Abstracts of International Conservation Literature), 1932–. “AATA Online provides all 36 volumes of Art and Archaeology Technical Abstracts and its predecessor, IIC Abstracts , published between 1955 and the present…[and] the 20 AATA special supplements and almost 2,000 abstracts published between 1932 and 1955 by the Fogg Art Museum and the Freer Gallery of Art…” Register for full service. Available in print at Mugar N 1 T42 (1932/33-41/42), Mugar Reference X N 7428 F55 (1943-52), Mugar Reference X AM 141 A1 F55 (1955-1987).

Note: 1984–. Periodical coverage includes English-language periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins, as well as periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Japanese, Spanish, Dutch, and Swedish. In addition to articles, Art Index indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals. Subjects covered include archaeology, architecture, art history, city planning, crafts, motion pictures, graphic arts, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, museology, and photography.

Note: 1929–. Periodical coverage includes English-language periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins, as well as periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Japanese, Spanish, Dutch, and Swedish. In addition to articles, Art Index indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals. Subjects covered include archaeology, architecture, art history, city planning, crafts, motion pictures, graphic arts, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, museology, and photography.

Note: 1930′s–. Indexes international periodicalsn on architecture and design, archaeology, city planning, interior design, and historic preservation, and also the publications of professional associations, US state and regional periodicals, and the major serial publications on architecture and design of Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia. Expanded coverage includes obituary citations.

Note: 1971–. Includes all subjects (especially humanities and social sciences) pertaining to East, Southeast, and South Asia published worldwide. Users can search and also browse by country/region, by subject, or by journal title.

Note: Provides subject, title, and author access to almost all abstracts of American dissertations accepted at an accredited institution since 1861 and offering full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997. Masters theses have been selectively indexed since 1962. Dissertations published from 1980 forward include 350-word abstracts; master’s theses from 1988 forward include 150-word abstracts. In addition, the database serves to disseminate citations for thousands of Canadian dissertations and an increasing number of papers accepted in institutions abroad.

Directories

Roberts’ guide to Japanese Museums of Art and Archaeology,

by Laurance P. Roberts, 1987. Mugar Reference X N 3735 R62 1987.

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Cambridge Companion to Modern Japanese Culture

Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture

ed. Paul Oliver, 3 vols., 1997. Asian cultures and habitats are treated in Volume 2. Mugar Reference X NA 208 E53 1997.

Note: Covers the prehistoric era to the present with online updates. Includes biographies of artists, collectors, theorists, critics, and scholars. Extensive survey articles on the culture and civilization of Central Asia, China, and Japan. Updated frequently. The 34-volume print version is available at Mugar N 31 D5 1996.

International Dictionary of Historic Places.

Vol. 5: Asia and Oceania, ed. Trudy Ring. Lengthy essays on selected sites with illustrations and bibliographies. Mugar Reference X CC 135 I585 1995.

JAANUS (Japanese Architecture and Art Net Users System).  Dictionary of Japanese Architectural and Art Historical Terminology.  Compiled by Dr. Mary Neighbour Parent. “This dictionary contains approximately 8,000 terms related to traditional Japanese architecture and gardens, painting, sculpture and art-historical iconography from approximately the 1st century A.D. to the end of the Edo period (1868).”

Japan Guide

by Botand Bognar. 630 contemporary (post-WWII) works. Arranged by region. Maps, bibliography, building chronology, list of architects and their buildings. Mugar Reference XNA 1555 B526 1995.

Japanese Garden DictionaryA Glossary for Japanese Gardens and Their History.

Oriental Art: A Handbook of Styles and Forms

by Jeannine Auboyer, 1980. Mugar Reference X N 7260 G6713 1980.

Penguin Guide to the Monuments of India.

Vol. l: Buddhist, Jain, Hindu by George Mitchell. Vol. 2: Islamic, Rajput, European, by Philip Davies. Each volume in two parts: introduction–cultures, religions, patrons, and artists, etc.; and Gazetteer of Monuments of region and site. Mugar Reference XNA 1501 P46 1989.

History

Archaeology of Korea

by Sarah Milledge Nelson. Mugar DS 903 .N45 1993.

History of Civilizations of Central Asia , 2 vols.

From the beginnings to A.D. 250. Mugar Reference X DS 329.4 h48 1992.

History of Far Eastern Art

by Sherman Lee, 5th ed. Mugar N 7336 L43 1994.

History of Japanese Art

2nd ed,  by Penelope Mason. Mugar N7350 .M26 2005

Introduction to Korean Architecture

by Sam Y. Park, 2 vols. Mugar NA 1560 .P37 1991.

International Dictionary of Historic Places . Vol. 5: Asia and Oceania ,

ed. Trudy Ring. Lengthy essays on selected sites with illustrations and bibliographies.

Mugar Reference X CC 135 I585 1995.

Korea: Art and Archaeology

by Jane Portal. British Museum. Mugar DS904 .P67 2000.

Sources of the Japanese Tradition

compiled by Ryusaku Tsunoda, etal., 1958. Civilization and history. Mugar DS 821 F58.

 

Images

Online sources.  For print sources, see Surveys of Japanese Art and Architecture

Note: Image database.Images from museum and gallery collections.

ArchNet Digital Library


Art History Resources on the Web: Japanese Art, by Chris Witcombe, Sweet Briar College.
Asian Arts, the on-line journal for the study and exhibition of the arts of Asia.
Historical Architecture of Asia, photographs indexed by country, city, building. Maps. Updated 2007.

 

Symbols

Illustrated Dictionary of Symbols in Eastern and Western Art

by James Hall. Sections on abstract signs, animals, artifacts, earth and sky, human body and dress, and plans. Bibliography and chronological tables. Mugar Reference X N 7740 H35 1994.

JAANUS (Japanese Architecture and Art Net Users System).  Dictionary of Japanese Architectural and Art Historical Terminology.

Compiled by Dr. Mary Neighbour Parent. “This dictionary contains approximately 8,000 terms related to traditional Japanese architecture and gardens, painting, sculpture and art-historical iconography from approximately the 1st century A.D. to the end of the Edo period (1868).”

Pointers and Clues to the Subjects of Chinese and Japanese Art; as shown in Drawings, Prints, Carvings and the Decoration of Porcelain and Lacquer

by Will Edmunds. Re-publication of the edition published in 1934. No illustrations. Mugar Reference X N 7337 E3 2002.

Reading Buddhist Art: An Illustrated Guide to Buddhist Signs and Symbols

by Meher McArthur.  Mugar Library N 8193 M39 2002.