Links Listed by Category: Visual Arts

See also Museums and Galleries.

Asian Art

This online journal includes information about galleries and exhibitions in North America , Asia and Europe and also contains a large collection of images of Asian art.

Chinese and Japanese Art History WWW Virtual Library

This site provides information on symposia, grants, employment opportunities, and other similar items of interest for scholars of Chinese and Japanese Art. It is updated about once a month.

Claire Holt Papers, Cornell University

This site features approximately 1,780 slides depicting Indonesian life and culture taken from 1930-1969 during Claire Holt’s visits to Indonesia.  Categories include architecture, ceremonies, theater, landscape, painting, and sculpture. Holt’s biography as well as brief descriptions of the featured artists in the collection are also available.

Diamond Sutra, British Library

By selecting the “The Oldest Printed ‘Book’" users can view a digitized version of the Diamond Sutra hand scroll, the world’s oldest dated printed book (868 CE). Users can move backward and forward through the scroll. Requires broadband connection and a Shockwave plug-in (downloadable from the site).

Edo: Art in Japan 1615-1868, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

A teaching guide to Japanese art in the Edo period. Subject categories include style, samurai, entertainment, and religion. A glossary, list of teaching activities, and references to further readings are also included.

International Dunhuang Project

The Education section of the International Dunhuang Project’s website features several resources with images and background information, including Buddhism on the Silk Road, Bookbinding, and the Silk Road Virtual Exhibition. The Education section also includes a collection of useful links for exploring Buddhism, the Silk Road, and Dunhuang.

Internet Guide for China Studies: Culture and Art

Culture and art links from the China WWW Virtual Library, organized by topic: “General," “Architecture," “Bookbinding," “Photography," “Drawing and Illustration," “Painting," “Calligraphy," “Music," “Furniture," “Jade," “Martial Arts," and “Scholarly Journals."

The Japanese Garden, Bowdoin College

Provides floor plans, photographs, and descriptions for twenty-four Japanese Zen gardens. Also contains links to other useful resources.

Stefan Landsberger’s Chinese Propaganda Poster Pages

Presented by Stefan Landsberger (University of Amsterdam and Leiden University), this website includes around 1,700 images of Chinese propaganda posters dating from 1949 to the present, additional background on the majority of the posters, and suggestions for further reading. The posters are searchable by topic or artist.

Modern Chinese Literature and Culture Resource Center (MCLC), Ohio State University

See the “Art" selections in the image archive for a small collection of artworks from the late-Qing to the present. Maintained by Kirk A. Denton at Ohio State University , the MCLC Resource Center website includes articles, images, and bibliographies of English-language sources on modern Chinese literature, film, art, and culture. This site also maintains a mailing list that facilitates discussion about the culture of twentieth and twenty-first century China .

Silk Road Seattle, University of Washington

A site dedicated to explaining the history and culture of the Silk Road . Includes image galleries, a map quiz, select primary documents, and annotated bibliographies dealing the Silk Road .

The Song Dynasty in China (960-1279): Life in the Song Seen Through a 12 th-century Scroll, Columbia University

A multimedia teaching unit presented by Asia for Educators. Includes images of the Beijing qingming hand scroll from the National Palace Museum in Beijing . Topics explored include economic growth, commercialization, urbanization, intellectual life, and social changes.

Stanford University Guide to Japan Information Resources

This section of the Stanford Guide to Japan Information Resources includes links to sites on calligraphy, dolls, origami, painting, photography, sculpture, and woodblock prints. It also includes links to useful art and auction sites.

Picturing Power: Posters of the Cultural Revolution, The Ohio State University, College of the Arts

Online exhibition of Cultural Revolution posters from a 1999 traveling exhibition that originated at Indiana University .

A Visual Sourcebook of Chinese Civilization, Patricia Buckley Ebrey, University of Washington

A collection of images and visual resources by period and topic, with teacher guides.

Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese Home, Peabody Essex Museum

Yin Yu Tang is a late Qing dynasty merchants’ home from southeastern China that has been re-erected at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem , Massachusetts . The website features animation that allows users to move through the house, footage of the village, the house, and its dismantling, images of the interior structure of the house and its belongings, audio interviews, and more.

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