The Life of Animals in Japanese Art

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The Life of Animals in Japanese Art offers a sweeping exploration of animals in Japanese art and culture across sixteen centuries.

Few countries have devoted as much artistic energy to the depiction of animal life as Japan. Drawing upon the country’s unique spiritual heritage, rich literary traditions, and currents in popular culture, Japanese artists have long expressed admiration for animals in sculpture, painting, lacquerwork, ceramics, metalwork, textiles, and woodblock prints. This beautiful book celebrates a diverse range of work, from ancient fifth-century funerary sculpture to contemporary pieces.

The nearly 300 works in this volume present animals in a variety of guises, from messengers of the divine and symbols of power or good fortune, to comical or satirical actors, and manifestations of the beauty of the natural world. Real and fantastic creatures are meticulously rendered, often with humor and whimsy, by artists ranging from Itō Jakuchū and Utagawa Kuniyoshi to Kusama Yayoi and Nara Yoshitomo.

Contributions by an international team of Japanese art experts show how these artists employed creatures to teach virtuous behavior, mock customs, exemplify bravery, and celebrate life. Also featured are essays by leading scholars of Japanese literature, religion, and scientific inquiry. Richly illustrated, this volume reveals connections between the natural world and visual and creative expression.

Auteur Robert T. Singer and Kawai Masatomo (et al.)
Uitgever National Gallery of Art, Washington
Taal Engels  
Jaar van uitgave 2019
Afmetingen 24,0 x 31,5 cm
Kenmerken Hardback met stofomslag, 343 pagina's, kleur, geïllustreerd
ISBN 9780691191164