A History of Far Eastern Art

A History of Far Eastern Art

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Sherman E. Lee's A History of Far Eastern Art, for decades regarded as the premier compendium of the visual arts of Asia, is the only book of its scope in English -- a one-volume account that covers art from the Indus River to Japan and Java between the fifth millennium B.C.E. and 1850 C.E. It offers a clear and comprehensive study of the three major artistic traditions of Asia -- Indian, Chinese, and Japanese -- as well as a cogent overview of their interrelationships and their influences on, and from, the neighboring traditions of Southeast Asia and Indonesia, Central Asia, and Korea. Copious illustrations reveal the evolution of styles and artistic traditions, providing in themselves an unrivaled panorama of Asian achievement in art. This new edition of A History of Far Eastern Art takes full account of the astonishing recent archaeological discoveries, as these have confirmed, modified, or overturned previous interpretations. Many of these new finds are included among the hundreds of reproductions. Each chapter begins with a concise historical introduction, providing a political and social context for artistic process and development. Within a chronological organization in which patterns of continuity and change are traced and interpreted, all mediums are discussed, with particular attention to those in which prevailing styles of each time and place have been expressed: sculpture and architecture in India and Southeast Asia, painting and ceramics in China and Korea, painting and decorative arts in Japan, and sculpture in religious art everywhere. The contributions of Korea and Central Asian cultures -- especially Nepal and Tibet -- have been given particular new attention. All this is accomplished with admirable clarity of arrangement and succinctness of presentation. A general bibliography lists all major works and periodicals in the field; it is followed by a specialized bibliography for each chapter; all have been expanded and updated. Chronologies, maps, and a pronunciation guide for the Indian, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese (pinyin and Wade-Giles) names and terms assist the beginning student, and these too have been revised and made current. The detailed index, which provides ready access to specific information, cites all Chinese names and terms in both pinyin and Wade-Giles spellings. Together, text, illustrations, and appendices make A History of Far Eastern Art a uniquely integrated general introduction to its field, as well as a basic reference work for advanced scholars. Book jacket.
Publisher: Prentice Hall [Imprint] Dec. 2002 E Rutherford : Prentice Hall PTR Toronto : Pearson Canada [Distributor] Toronto : Pearson Canada [Distributor]
Edition: 5th ed
ISBN: 9780131833661
Characteristics: 576 p. ill 11.740x09.140 in
Additional Contributors: Richard, Naomi Noble


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