Japanese Art and Architecture
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Online Indexes to Journal Articles, Books, and Dissertations
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.
Roberts’ guide to Japanese Museums of Art and Archaeology,
by Laurance P. Roberts, 1987. Mugar Reference X N 3735 R62 1987.
Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
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).”
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 Dictionary. A 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.
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.
Online sources. For print sources, see Surveys of Japanese Art and Architecture
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.
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.